TUG business Svitzer says enhanced technology will drive efficiency and productivity improvements in years to come.
General manager harbour towage, James Mather, told the Regional Ports 2017 conference about the company’s supply chain role, noting knowledge, data and expertise from the company’s Australian and global operations.
“We have invested more than $220 million in Australia in the last three years in the newest technology and vessels to drive efficient port operations,” he said.
Mr Mather said Svitzer tugs had been upgraded in Newcastle to escort the increasingly large tankers expected to enter the port.
Two new tugs are now in place at Melbourne to bring in larger ships to Swanson Dock.
Svitzer has said it is also investing in technology with the Intelligent Tug project.
Under this program, data is collected from tug operations to provide real-time insights on efficiency based on speed, position and fuel.
“We are constantly looking at ways where we can add value beyond the tow line to our customers,” Mr Mather said.
Svitzer has also talked up a joint partnership with Rolls Royce earlier in the year that involved the world’s first remotely controlled tug in Copenhagen harbour.
“We had a full crew on board at all times, but the tug was manoeuvred from an operator based on land,” Mr Mather said. “We are taking a long-term view that change will happen and that we want to be part of it as the global and Australian leaders.”