Ports of Auckland welcomes Sparky, the world’s first full-sized ship-handling electric tug. Shrouded in fog, Sparky arrived in the Waitematā Harbour early this morning escorted by Ports of Auckland’s current tugs and pilot boats.
A severely injured individual has been taken to the hospital following an accident on a vessel berthed at a container wharf in Auckland.
The world’s first fully-electric ship-handling tug of 70 tonnes bollard pull – the Damen RSD-E Tug 2513 – was launched into the water. Damen is building the vessel to supports its customer, New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland.
A stevedore died on the sport after he was crushed by the container on a ship during cargo operation at the Port of Auckland.
Ports of Auckland will shortly start work to partially automate its container terminal. It will be the first New Zealand port and only the third straddle carrier terminal in the world to automate.