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Tugboat Service

What are Tugboat Service? Supporting the Safe and Prompt Berthing and Unberthing of Large Vessels

It is essential for large vessels that are not good at fine movements to safely and promptly port entrance and leaving. Our tugboats are equipped with heavy duty engine in spite of their small hulls, so they can tow or push large vessels. They are also equipped with a propeller that turns 360 degrees, allowing them to move freely at sea. The main duties of tugboats include supporting vessels berthing and unberthing from shore, escorting vessels in the area with many fishing boats, and assisting in launching and shifting vessels in the dockyard.They are equipped with fire extinguishing equipment and oil removal equipment, it also contributes to local marine safety, such as disaster, rescue, and accident.

What are Our Advantages? Three Strengths of Our Tugboat Service Division

  • Accumulation of Operational Experience

    Accumulation of Operational Experience

    We have been involved in the development of tugboats since 1966. Based at various ports on the Seto Inland Sea, we have responded to our customers' requests. Each tugboat crew member is thoroughly familiar with each port and keeps safety first in mind while working. To live up to the trust we have earned over the years, we will continue to improve and pass on our skills.

  • Deployment of Tugboats According to the Local Features to Ensure Safety

    Deployment of Tugboats According to the Local Features to Ensure Safety

    We deploy tugboats with short hulls in Kure because they need to work in confined spaces. Since escort services are required frequently in Mizushima, we deploy fast tugboats with long hulls. we deploy tugboats capable of responding to accidents such as fire and oil pollution at the port for industrial complexes in Tokuyama.

  • Covering a Wide Range of Areas, with a Focus on Local Areas

    Covering a Wide Range of Areas, with a Focus on Local Areas

    Our tugboats are distinguished by their light-yellow mast. We have five bases in Mizushima, Kure, Tokuyama, Moji and Hakata, but will also rush to distant locations if there is work to be done.

What Kinds of Vessels are Available? Our Fleet of Vessels

  • Hiro Maru (Gross tonnage: 185.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 3,600 PS)

    Hiro Maru (Gross tonnage: 185.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 3,600 PS)

    She is a short-hulled design for a tugboat, with an overall length of 29.5 m. It was built for the purpose of working safely in confined spaces. Her name is derived from “Hiro Bay” in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture.

  • Kure Maru (Gross tonnage: 190.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,400 PS)

    Kure Maru (Gross tonnage: 190.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,400 PS)

    She is a sister ship of the Hiro Maru, which has a home port in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Like the Hiro Maru, it is short in overall length and good at working in confined spaces, and very powerful at 4,400 horsepower.

  • Washu Maru (Gross tonnage: 244.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    Washu Maru (Gross tonnage: 244.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    In addition to the main duty of assisting berthing/unberthing, our tugboats also often escorting vessels at the Bisan Seto. She is designed with a longer overall length for ease of navigation and speed. Her name is derived from “Mt. Washuzan” in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture.

  • Tokuyama Maru (Gross tonnage: 223.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    Tokuyama Maru (Gross tonnage: 223.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    Our tugboat services started because of the birth of a tugboat called “Tokuyama Maru”. The name is still being succeed ever since, and she is the fourth generation.

  • Suo Maru (Gross tonnage: 219.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    Suo Maru (Gross tonnage: 219.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    She operates in Tokuyama Port, particularly involved in harbor services at the port for industrial area. Her name is derived from “Suo-Nada”.

  • Shuko Maru (Gross tonnage: 221.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    Shuko Maru (Gross tonnage: 221.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    She operates in Tokuyama Port, particularly involved in harbor services at the the port for industrial area.

  • Genkai (Gross tonnage: 194.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 3,600 PS)

    Genkai (Gross tonnage: 194.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 3,600 PS)

    She is engaged in harbor services in Kanmon Port and various other locations such as Ube, Tokuyama, Oita, and Karatsu.

  • Kazashi Maru (Gross tonnage: 268.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,400 PS)

    Kazashi Maru (Gross tonnage: 268.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,400 PS)

    She is our largest tugboat, designed not only for harbor services but also for towing work at a distance. Her name is derived from “Kazashiyama”, a mountain overlooking the Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka prefecture.

  • Kaimon Maru (Gross tonnage: 199.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    Kaimon Maru (Gross tonnage: 199.00 tons, Rated horsepower: 4,000 PS)

    She is engaged in assisting berthing/unberthing at Hakata Port.

Where are You Based? List of Bases

Hiroshima Tugboat Service Division
  • 2-22-37 Dejima, Minami-ku, Hiroshima-City, Hiroshima-Pref. Japan 734-0013
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  • Tel: 082-254-2425
  • Fax: 082-254-5525
Tokuyama Branch Tugboat Section
  • 3F Tokuyama Port Building, 9-1 Chikko-cho, Shunan-City, Yamaguchi-Pref. Japan 745-0025
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  • Tel: 0834-21-4615
  • Fax: 0834-22-0081
Kyushu Branch Tugboat Service Division
  • 1-4-12 Nishikaigan, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu-City, Fukuoka-Pref. Japan 801-0841
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  • Tel: 093-331-2168
  • Fax: 093-332-0491