On Saturday 7 December, a grey, foggy morning was brightened up by the arrival of two brand-new tugboats: VB Bolero and VB Rumba. CEO of the Port of Zeebrugge Tom Hautekiet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Port of Zeebrugge Dirk De fauw and CEO of Boluda Towage Europe Geert Vandecappelle gathered on the seventh floor of the ABC building to watch the balletic performance given by two new ships as they sailed into the port. Extremely agile, they elegantly turned pirouettes under the spray of mist exuded by their on-board fire-fighting systems.
VB Bolero and VB Rumba were built at one of the Damen Shipyards in Vietnam. The tugs made the long journey to Rotterdam as deck cargo on board a heavy-lift vessel, sailing from Rotterdam under their own power to their final destination, Zeebrugge.
Both tugs are ASD-type vessels, or "Azimuth Stern Drive". In concrete terms, these are two propeller units that are suspended beneath the hull and can turn around their vertical axis by 360 degrees. This ensures an exceptionally high degree of manoeuvrability.
The two new ships meet the requirements imposed by Zeebrugge with regard to sustainability perfectly and comply with the most recent IMO Tier-III emission standards (IMO = International Maritime Organisation).