Svitzer Introduces the TRAnsverse Tug

Svitzer to launch the TRAnsverse Tug, the next-generation multipurpose towing vessel with higher steering forces and innovative staple design.

Global towage operator Svitzer has signed an agreement with designer Robert Allan and Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey. They will build the TRAnsverse Tug, the next-generation multipurpose towing vessel.

The first Svitzer TRAnsverse tug to enter Svitzer Europe harbor towage duties in the third quarter of 2023.


The TRAnsverse Tug is able to generate higher steering forces than most designs of similar dimensions. Moreover, it comes with an innovative staple design and unique ability to push, pull and maneuver in all directions – in a smaller and nimbler boat. Designed with Omni direction hull form and propulsion, steering forces over the full range of speeds & maneuvers. Furthermore, the compact and fuel-efficient TRAnsverse Tug is scalable and suitable for all types of harbor and terminal towage operations.

Nevertheless, the TRAnsverse Tug will get the Svitzer Catcher and other equipment to automate operational elements. Hence, it is bringing together the best of Svitzer innovations and is looking ahead.
A ground design on the recently announced methanol fuel cell tug that Svitzer is developing together with Robert Allan.

Comments on the new tug

“This tug is a game-changer. Our customers expect us to deliver flexible and environmentally friendly towage services at a competitive price and it is our passion to think out of the box and deliver innovative solutions to meet these expectations.”

Ingrid Uppelschoten Snelderwaard, Svitzer COO

Svitzer invented the new tug design that after a series of successful tank tests and simulations is now ready for construction by Sanmar with Robert Allan as the designer.

“It is highly rewarding to see this multipurpose and very versatile tug become a reality. It started as a wish to improve efficiency in our operations and is now materializing as a powerful and cost-efficient tug with the potential to reduce both operational cost and CO2 emissions while improving the safety margins in operations. The design combines the best of our innovative powers and I truly believe that this kind of customer-focused innovation is what the towage industry needs to stay relevant,”.

Thomas Bangslund, Head of Technical Innovation, Svitzer

“Integrating all these technologies into one vessel has never been done before and it was a real challenge to do it in a way that is safe, functional, and economic. It was only after an exhaustive tank testing program at HSVA Hamburg, with valuable input from Svitzer’s Masters, that the final layout was determined.”

James R. Hyslop, Manager, Project Development, Robert Allan

“We are proud to be a part of this very specialized project in which we will be happy to incorporate our experience and know-how.”

Ali Gurun, Manager, Vice President, Sanmar Shipyards

The first tug with a length of 25.8m and 60t Bollard Pull will comply with the Tier III emissions regulations. In particular, the TRAnsverse Tug design will have thrusters in line and an omnidirectional hull form.
Additionally, the tug will have a render recovery double drum escort winch and a set of 100T SWL tow pins. In view of ease of operation for the onboard crew, Svitzer implemented technologies allowing line handling from the bridge.

TRAnsverse tug
Figure. Svitzer TRAnsverse Tug

Source: Svitzer