Celebratory christening of four modern, safe and sustainable tugboats

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It was glorious weather on 16 September 2021 in Zeebrugge, ideal for a festive day in the coastal port. The christening ceremony for four new tugs of Boluda Towage Europe could not have been better planned.

The new tugboats

The VB BOLERO, VB RUMBA, VB FLANDES and VB SAMBA perfectly fit the philosophy for safe and sustainable towage operations. Safety and sustainability are an essential part of the concession agreement between Port of Zeebrugge and Boluda Towage Europe.

The new tugs comply with the TIER-III emission standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This means that the emission of nitrogen oxides is reduced by 80 percent and that these tugs are part of the most sustainable tug fleet in a European port. Besides the shore connection, they are also equipped with the most advanced fire extinguishing systems.

Lady Sponsors

The four Lady Sponsors christened their tug for safe navigations:
VB BOLERO
Mrs Ann Staelens
Wife of Dirk De fauw, Mayor of Bruges and Chairwoman of Port of Zeebrugge
VB RUMBA
Mrs Annemie Malfait
Wife of Tom Hautekiet, CEO MBZ
VB FLANDERS
Mrs Veronique van de Reijt
Wife of Rob Smeets, COO Port of Antwerp
VB SAMBA
Mrs Chantal Orlans
Director Corporate Affairs MBZ
On the quay at the Zeestation (Maritime Station) the ceremony was attended by, amongst others, the Chairman of Boluda Corporación Marítima & Boluda Towage, Mr Vicente Boluda Fos, the Minister of Justice and the North Sea, Vincent Van Quickenborne, the Governor of West Flanders, Carl Decaluwé, Boluda Towage Europe's CEO, Geert Vandecappelle, and clients, suppliers and people from maritime circles.
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