Tug Koyo Maru

Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group company based in Yokohama, held today a christening and launch ceremony for a salvage tug currently being built for Nippon Salvage.

The launching and christening ceremony took place at the Enoura Plant of MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Yamaguchi Prefecture, where the new salvage tug named “Koyo Maru” is scheduled for handover to Nippon Salvage in June 2024, following completion of her outfitting work and sea trials.

The salvage tug has a length overall (LOA) of 80.6 meters and beam of 15.5 meters, with gross tonnage of approximately 3,000.

The new “Koyo Maru” has one of the highest pulling capacities (bollard pull) in Japan to respond to large-scale marine accidents, while optimal placement of fire extinguishing equipment such as water cannons, and improved fixed-point holding capacity, provides enhanced efficiency when firefighting on other ships.

MHI informs that the newbuild will replace the current Koyo Maru, originally constructed at MHI’s Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works, which has been in continuous service since 1998.