July 12, 2016 - The three hybrid tugs in the North Sea class are put into service yesterday. It is about the Waddenzee, Nordzee & Zuiderzee. The Navy now has the strongest tug in its history.
The first of the tugs trio, North Sea, already arrived on February 20 in Den Helder. The Waddenzee followed in June and the Zuiderzee was last Friday, July 8th inside.
For his crew, having only four people, educated and trained during and after retrieving the new tugs. The training consisted of familiarization with the new boat and several nautical training. In addition, through the practical captains in maneuvering and towing aboard the new boats. Before that hired an instructor. In the coming months to be completed all courses.
The new tugs replace 4 of 5 Linge-class tugs. Only the Gouwe, who is 10 years younger than the other four, remains in use. Linge, Regge, Rotten and Hunze were sold to Damen. Selling the boats after a small refurbishment to a company.Linge Regge, Rotten and Hunze were sold to Damen. Selling the boats after a small refurbishment to a company.