Harbor towage operations on the south coast of England will be boosted by the arrival of a new tug called Acamar, Shoreham Port said in their latest release.
Within the range of Maritime Services provided by Shoreham Port is seabed leveling, which is currently carried out by the port’s tug boat Adurni.
Acamar is a 16 meter general-purpose harbor tug, built by Macduff Ship Yard in their ship yard based in Scotland.
According to the official announcement, “Acamar is a bespoke vessel, built specifically to suit Shoreham Port’s diverse requirements both within Shoreham Harbor and when contracted out around other harbors and marinas. The new dredger has superior stability, a bigger crane and lots more room for the Tug Crew due to its improved layout.”
Julian Seaman, Harbor Master & Director of Marine Operations at Shoreham Port, said: “It’s an exciting time at Shoreham Port with the arrival of our new tug Acamar. Acamar is a valuable addition to our fleet, which we will utilize alongside the Adurni to continue to meet the requirements of our customer base.”
Seabed leveling is a modern-day dredging technique used in many ports and harbors.
The process involves towing a plough along the seabed leveling high spots and ridges, by moving the material to nearby deeper areas and getting the tidal stream to move the material in suspension for longer distances.
Built up material can also be removed from berths and other inaccessible areas into the tidal stream or to an area where a trailer suction hopper dredger is operating.