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As shipbrokers, DSB has access to a wide range of tugs for you to buy or charter.

Types of tugs

Tugs have been used for almost as long as goods have been transported by sea, progressing from oar-powered, through steam, to today’s diesel, hybrid and liquefied natural gas (LNG) units. ‘Tug’ itself comes from the very first purpose-built towing vessel to work on the Clyde, named ‘Tug’. There are now over 10,000 tugs registered with Class Societies worldwide, including these specific types:

  • Harbour (or ship-assist) tugs
  • Terminal tugs
  • River tugs
  • Seagoing (coastal) tugs
  • Ocean-going tugs
  • Emergency towing vessels (ETVs)
  • Anchor-handling tugs (AHTs)

Some tugs are designed purely for one of the above purposes, while others are ‘multi-role’; many are used in the offshore construction industry.