Boluda Towage welcomed Heerema Sleipnir in ROTTERDAM

On 22nd March 2020, the world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel ‘Sleipnir’ of Heerema arrived in the Port of Rotterdam for the first time.

Boluda Towage Europe had the honour to escort the crane vessel. The tugs VB Cheetah and VB Kracht welcomed Sleipnir with a tug show and a beautiful water salute.

Sleipnir's scale is hard to imagine, standing at 220 meters long, 102 meters wide, with the room to accommodate 400 employees, and weighing 119,000 tons. Sleipnir is not only the largest semi-submersible crane vessel on the seas, but is also the most sustainable. The vessel has dual-fuel engines that enable Sleipnir to run on LNG, drastically reducing harmful emissions. Additionally, the vessel is fully outfitted with LED-lighting, has a hot/cold energy recovery system, and is ready to be powered by clean electricity when moored in a port.

Video courtesy: Peter-Bert van Herwijnen

Boluda Towage Europe welcomed MSC Gülsün in the port of Rotterdam

On Tuesday 3 September 2019, MSC Gülsün, world’s largest container vessel arrived in the port of Rotterdam. Boluda Towage Europe had the honor to welcome the 23,756 TEU-class container vessel on her maiden voyage and assist her to the APMT2 terminal.

Boluda Towage Europe congratulates MSC with its brand-new class vessel, delivered with lowest carbon footprint.

Video courtesy: Eyecatcher, de filmmaker


May 2017, marked the occasion on the maiden voyage of 'MOL Triumph' of Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, one of the world's largest container vessels to Europe.

We had the honor to assist the 95,000 TEU container giant 'MOL Triumph' in the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Southampton.


The Audax, a Polar Class (PC-3) module carrier operated by Red Box Energy Services, had been ordered to transport a system for the production of liquefied gas from Zeebrugge to the Yamal LNG site in the Russian port of Sabetta.

The Rotortugs Smit Emoe and RT Ambition assisted the large module carrier, which is no less than 43 metres wide, 200 metres long and 50 metres high, from the Module Marshalling Yard in Zeebrugge, through the locks of Bruges-Zeebrugge, enroute to Sabetta.

A nice example of a precision job. Due to their tremendous height, the modules caught a lot of wind, meaning that the operation was subject to wind force restrictions. In the lock, the Rotortugs did a perfect job. The ‘rotoring’-method allowed the crew to continue towing with very short lines.