MTU engines power 63-ton bollard pull Emden tug

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Peter Wessels

Now in operation in Emden, Germany, the 28-meter harbor assist and salvage tug Peter Wessels has a bollard pull of 63 tons, making it the most powerful tug in the five-tug fleet operated by ESG (Emdener Schlepp-Betriebe GmbH).

The vessel is powered by two 12-cylinder MTU Series 4000 engines supplied by Rolls-Royce which have a total output of 3,680 kilowatts.

Built by Damen Shipyards Group in the Netherlands, the tug was purchased by ESB from Hamburg-based Louis Meyer (Neue Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Louis Meyer GmbH & Co. KG).

Emden is a base port for the Volkswagen Group and is Europe’s third largest automobile transhipment center, after Zeebrugge and Bremerhaven.

“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,” says ESB Managing Director Frank Wessels. “It offers sufficient reserves for the expected size of ships.”


Rolls-Royce has signed a long-term VCA (Value Care Agreement) maintenance contract hat covers the vessel’s MTU engines for 10 years.

“This covers all scheduled maintenance work that helps to avoid breakdowns as much as possible,” says Jacqueline Wünning of Rolls-Royce’s Hamburg sales department. 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 Center.

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