Smit is sending some European flair to Prince Rupert, by way of a newer tug. The Smit Clyde has been transferred to Smit Canada from the Smit world home base in Rotterdam. The tug will make her maiden appearance sometime around Sept 12 th in Vancouver, where she will spend some time acclimatising to Canadian regulations before heading north. Once in Prince Rupert, she will undoubtedly be very valuable in shipdocking duties, when the new container port opens up.
The Smit Clyde was build by Dutch yard Damen in 2000. Two 6L26 Wartsila engines drive two azimuthing drives to give it 65 tons of bollard pull from its 4900 hp.