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BY JENS NØRGAARD

TUGBOAT COMPANY WITH BIG AMBITIONS There is no shortage of international recognition when speaking of the German family shipping company Bugsier GmbH & Co. KG in Hamburg. Over the years and since January 6, 1866 it has made a difference. An example is the cleaning of the Suez Canal after the wars between Israel and Egypt from 1967 to 1975. Today, the main activity of the 29 different sized tug boats and a floating crane unit is mainly in northern European waters like the North Sea, the Irish Sea and Baltic Sea

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he focus is mainly on tugging in the port of Hamburg and Bremen. Furthermore, there are offshore activities which are one of the company’s specialties. With powerful tugboats in charter for energy companies, etc. in the North Sea, in connection with the establishment of large offshore wind farms or oil and gas rigs. Here, the Hamburg shipping company works with Shell, ConocoPhillips, Maersk Oil & Gas and Norwegian Statoil. - During the winter, there is not much to do offshore, in turn, it is rush hour in the ports where the big ships arrive in a steady stream or depart with goods of one sort or another, explains Bugsiers development manager Sven Schröder. - By spring the volume of ships in the ports decrease again. If we were to lie on the North Sea, we might be in the doldrums for much of

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the time due to the weather. Now we can use the fleet in the most optimal way, says Sven Schröder. - It is expensive to operate a fleet like ours. Therefore, ships should work 24-7. One tugboat typically costs between 7 and 9 million Euro. KNOWN IN DENMARK In Denmark, Bugsiers ships are a familiar sight, especially in port cities such as Denmark’s largest offshore port of Esbjerg, Aalborg and Lindø. They have disposed of barges/pontoons loaded with foundations and plinths for Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München wind farm Sandbank, located around 90 km west of Esbjerg or converter stations, etc. from the German city of Rostock. The wind farm SandBank started in spring last year immediately after the inauguration of

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Danish German, which is located 20 kilometers farther towards the Jutland west coast. Both farms are owned by a partnership between the Swedish energy group Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München SWM. The price for the two farms combined is somewhere around 3 billion euro or about 22 billion kroner. There will be 72 turbines in SandBank, which will have a slightly bigger production than Danish German. The turbines will be equipped with Siemens 4-Megawatt turbines, which from 2017 will supply power to 800.000 German households. SPECIAL PROJECTS Apart from the towing tasks offshore, Esbjerg is the base is in most cases. Germany is also one of the few countries within the EU, where a private operator is responsible for the coast

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