HaiSea Wamis recognized as ‘Tug of the Year’ in 2023!

May 25, 2023

The HaiSea Wamis, part of the world’s greenest fleet, wins the prestigious International Tug & Salvage (ITS) Tug of the Year 2023 award.

The Tug of the Year award recognizes tugs that have set a benchmark in the industry with their innovative designs and effective operations. The powerful zero-emission HaiSea Wamis tugs measure 65 tonnes of bollard pull, allowing regular ship-berthing and undocking operations to run on battery-operated power.

Announced during this year’s TUGTECHNOLOGY conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands earlier this week, the award was presented to HaiSea Marine as the owner, Robert Allan Ltd as the designer, and Sanmar Shipyards as the builder. 

“We’re very honoured and surprised. This project was the embodiment of partnerships, strategic ones. We built these tugs through Covid, a Ukranian steel crisis, supply chain chaos and … as we continue on the sea trials and the vessel is now sailing, it’s incredible to see out dream become a reality,” said Jordan Pechie, Senior Vice President of Seaspan Marine Transportation, upon receiving the award.

Besides the Tug of the Year award, the HaiSea Wamis is also the first tugboat to receive the underwater noise notation from the American Bureau of Shipping. 

Upon the start of its operations, the HaiSea Wamis will be the first of three electric tugs to operate in the traditional territories of the Haisla First Nation in Kitimat, British Columbia when it arrives in Canada and will provide ship-assist and escort towing services to LNG carriers calling at LNG Canada’s new export facility. The Tug of the Year 2023 award marks an exciting journey to look forward to for the HaiSea Wamis!