The key features of the overall URS service are:
- Powerful omni-directional tugboats
- High maintenance standards
- Permanent training of our crews
- Around the clock service
Within each of the harbours the services are allocated in the following manner:
A fleet of 11 harbour tugs of various propulsion types services both the port of Antwerp on the River Scheldt and the sea canal ‘River Scheldt to Brussels’.
This fleet consists of young, highly manoeuverable harbours tugs with an average age of five years and a bollard pull ranking from 43 to 65 metric tons, capable of providing the level of precise manoeuvering needed to achieve safe passage through the five locks that separate the Port of Antwerp from the River Scheldt.
More powerful and manoeuvrable tugs are available at the tidal container terminals (North Sea Terminal, Europe Container Terminal and Deurganckdock) where they are required to assist vessels of over 300 meters LOA to safely berth and unberth in the current of the river itself.
Sector map Towage assistance - click to enlarge (PDF)
To service the Dutch ports on the river Scheldt (Flushing and Terneuzen) and the Belgian harbours of Ghent and Sluiskil there is a fleet of over 12 tugs of various propulsion types. The tugs are stationed at the inner and outer port of Terneuzen and in the harbours of Ghent and Flushing.
Three modern combi-tugs, fitted with a retractable bow thruster of the azimuth type, are specially designed for towing work on the Ghent to Terneuzen canal, where their excellent qualities as stern tugs on the long trips to and from Ghent are greatly appreciated by the pilots.
The experience of the URS crews is also welcomed in the precise manoeuvering required to navigate the Terneuzen locks, the vital links between the river Scheldt and the canal to Ghent.
Specialist assistance is also provided at the anchorages "Everingen" and "put van Terneuzen", where frequent bulk discharge operations take place and at the "Total" and "Dow" jetties.