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Specialist tugs deployed on super sewer

Tideway barge

Balfour Beatty’s Thames Tideway Tunnel joint venture has spent £2.3M on specialist tug boats as part of the delivery of the west section of the project.

The BMB joint venture, comprising Balfour Beatty, Bam Nuttall and Morgan Sindall, has two NavTug 18TS tugs that can push and tow and can be used at both high and low tides.

The tug boats will be situated at the main drive site for Tideway West at Carnwath Road in Wandsworth, as the project office site is being set up.

The tugs will haul barges carrying construction materials up and down the River Thames to the work sites. They will also remove spoil from the tunnel excavation. The aim is to reduce lorry movements on local roads.

“Our new tugs were chosen for their compatibility with the unique River Thames environment, and their high specification in terms of noise attenuation and emissions. The investment made by the joint venture in purchasing these tugs demonstrates our commitment to delivering innovative sustainable transport solutions for this unique project,” said BMB project director Chris Hughes.


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