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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 

A new 28m harbour tug for the port of Emden is powered by a pair of 12-cylinder MTU Series 4000 engines with a total output of 3,680kW, providing a bollard pull of 63t.

The operator, Emdener Schlepp-Betriebe (ESB), purchased the Damen-built vessel, named Peter Wessels, from Hamburg-based Neue Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Louis Meyer. It is the most powerful vessel in the ESB Emden fleet, which comprises five tugs. The seaport is primarily a base port for the Volkswagen Group and Europe's third largest automobile transhipment centre, with port tugs playing a key role in the smooth operation of the cargo ships.

ESB MD Frank Wessels said: "For us, the tugboat is an investment in the future, as the car cargo ships that will be calling at Emden port in the future will be larger. It offers sufficient reserves for the expected volume of ships".

To support the new vessel, Rolls-Royce has signed a 10-year long-term Value Care Agreement (VCA)maintenance contract  with Neue Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Louis Meyer for the MTU engines. A VCA manager is available to the shipping company as a contact person throughout the entire term of the contract, supported by the MTU Customer Care Centre.

"This covers all scheduled maintenance work that helps to avoid breakdowns as much as possible," said Jacqueline Wünning, Rolls-Royce Hamburg sales department.

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