A Sensational Addition to the Fleet

Following a 13-day and 2,786 nautical mile journey from Port Hedland, TasPorts has welcomed second Rotortug RT Sensation to its towage fleet at the Port of Bell Bay.


28 September 2021

RT Sensation will work alongside her sister vessel, RT Force, at the port in northern Tasmania.

The arrival of the second 80-tonne bollard pull tug is a further demonstration of TasPorts’ commitment to continually manage marine risk and enhance the services provided to customers.

The Rotortug was invented by KOTUG and, unlike traditional types of tug, it utilises a three-thruster design, which provides greater manoeuvrability and improved response in the even of a marine emergency.

The design enables the tugs to exert steering and braking forces of up to 120-tonnes.

TasPorts Bell Bay Tug Masters have completed comprehensive training here in Tasmania at the Australian Maritime College under the guidance of KOTUG’s training team and are looking forward to getting onboard the vessel to undertake their on water training.

RT Sensation, along with RT Force, will be a key element in ensuring the reliability of supply chains through improved risk mitigation at one of Tasmania’s major deep water commercial ports.