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5 MEGATRENDS

By providing enhanced control over the tow the CARROUSEL RAVE TUG addresses all current shipping trends in a way that is superior to any alternative, including investments in fixed port infrastructure.

Scale

The relentless drive for ever larger ships is challenging the efficiency of the maritime logistics chain. The largest container vessels have become almost 15 times as big as they were in 1968. Ever more cargo is arriving on board of giant ships while most infrastructure has roughly stayed the same. If tug boats have more control and need less room to maneuver, even the largest ships can continue to call at existing ports. Which extends the life and capabilities of existing infrastructure.

Scale

The relentless drive for ever larger ships is challenging the efficiency of the maritime logistics chain. The largest container vessels have become almost 15 times as big as they were in 1968. Ever more cargo is arriving on board of giant ships while most infrastructure has roughly stayed the same. If tug boats have more control and need less room to maneuver, even the largest ships can continue to call at existing ports. Which extends the life and capabilities of existing infrastructure.

Speed

The maritime transport chain and ports have to deal with the general need for speed to reach an ever more efficient flow. Ports and access to ports are awkward places for huge vessels. Because of limited room, dense traffic and the need to come to a full stop. So the sooner the ship is back at sea, the better. Large modern merchant ships steer very well themselves but only as long as they have speed through the water. Tug boats need to enhance control while maintaining the speed of assisted ships.

Safety

The CARROUSEL RAVE TUG and its crew benefit from enhanced safety by finally eliminating the danger of capsizing for tugs. In combination with providing enhanced safety for the tow, as well as (even) for the entire port network. Because mechanical failures or navigation errors on board of cargo vessels can lead to real problems. Very large ships can potentially block a whole port. And with that even the global port network. A huge risk for the shipping industry and the entire logistics chain. It shows we need enhanced control over cargo ships in sensitive locations.

Safety

The CARROUSEL RAVE TUG and its crew benefit from enhanced safety by finally eliminating the danger of capsizing for tugs. In combination with providing enhanced safety for the tow, as well as (even) for the entire port network. Because mechanical failures or navigation errors on board of cargo vessels can lead to real problems. Very large ships can potentially block a whole port. And with that even the global port network. A huge risk for the shipping industry and the entire logistics chain. It shows we need enhanced control over cargo ships in sensitive locations.

Sustainability

Saving fuel and harmful emissions is a worldwide environmental trend. With fuel saved obviously also the emission of harmful substances decreases. The CARROUSEL RAVE TUG addresses the trend in shipping towards a (much) more sustainable operation. It provides enhanced control over assisted ships while they are moving while hardly using any engine power. For companies that operate tugs the CARROUSEL RAVE TUG is also particularly attractive. Using the hull to create force instead of the propulsion train has a positive effect on maintenance and repair.

Smartness

The final trend is towards smart and connected systems that make use of information technology (IT) to optimise effectiveness further. At Novatug we do not believe fully autonomous towing will happen within the foreseeable future. But we do believe in ‘computer assisted’ and ‘human in the loop’ IT-systems in this context. The CARROUSEL RAVE TUG is the best fit for developing and applying such systems to improve overall shipping and logistics industry performance.

Smartness

The final trend is towards smart and connected systems that make use of information technology (IT) to optimise effectiveness further. At Novatug we do not believe fully autonomous towing will happen within the foreseeable future. But we do believe in ‘computer assisted’ and ‘human in the loop’ IT-systems in this context. The CARROUSEL RAVE TUG is the best fit for developing and applying such systems to improve overall shipping and logistics industry performance.

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