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Friday, March 03, 2006

Adsteam's Thames and Medway operation has recently taken delivery of two new state-of-the-art Damen 24/11 tugs. The Adsteam Warden and Adsteam Harty have been brought in to meet the demands of the growing LNG market on the Medway and is part of the company's ongoing upgrading of its UK fleet.

The tugs, which have been named after local villages near their operational base at Sheerness, have recently finished rigorous trials in Vietnam and Rotterdam before being sailed to the UK. These are the second and the third 24/11s to join the UK fleet in the last 12 months, with a further two new tugs scheduled for delivery later this summer.

Commenting on the new arrivals, Stephen Eastwood, CEO of Adsteam Europe, said: "These two tugs will prove to be a great asset to our Thames and Medway operation. The expanding LNG market has provided us with the opportunity to invest in unrivalled technology, which will enhance the service to all our customers, not just LNG."

Gas consumption has doubled in the UK over the last 10 years and given dwindling North Sea reserves, the importation of gas into the UK was inevitable. The Medway operation is the first of several LNG developments planned for the UK over the next few years and this investment in new, more powerful tugs will prove vital in maintaining Adsteam's position as first choice LNG towage provider on the Medway.

Adsteam UK is the country's leading supplier of towage services, with operations at seven key ports: Thames & Medway, Felixstowe, Hull, Immingham, Liverpool and Southampton. One of the longest-established ship-assist specialists, the company has been operating on the Thames & Medway for over a century.

For further information, please contact

Stephen Eastwood Deborah Garritty
Chief Executive Europe Director
Adsteam (UK) Ltd Bell Pottinger North Ltd
tel 01482 337 650 tel 01625 506444


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