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Smit Rotterdam/ Smit London

As ships and oil platforms grew in size in the 1970s, tugs had to be developed to support them. With an output of 22,000 hp, the tugs SMIT ROTTERDAM and SMIT LONDON, „sister ships“, were built in 1975 by the shipyard „De Merwede“ in Hardinxveld-Giessendam (Netherlands). For a long time, these two ocean-going tugs were the largest and most powerful in the world. They were specially developed to pull very heavy elements such as offshore platforms over long distances and in all weather conditions and to support ships in need. No matter in which ocean. After an almost 40-year career, they were scrapped in India in 2013 and 2014.


Because it's important to us!

At Heller, we are constantly working to produce our products as sustainable as possible. In recent years, we have therefore taken many measures to increase resource efficiency as much as possible.

Recycled plastic

Since 2023, we have been producing all Heller model kits with recycled plastic. This gives existing plastic a new life in a great kit while maintaining the same quality.

No bags and film

Instead of packing our sprues in plastic bags, we use tissue paper to transport all components in a clean, protected and environmentally friendly way. Thanks to our seal closure, we do not need shrink film. This also significantly increases the recyclability of our packaging.

Oldies but Goldies

We are proud of our large archive of injection moulds. That is why we rework, repair and improve existing moulds instead of throwing them away. Great models are preserved and at the same time a lot of energy and material is saved. That's why we proudly display the year of manufacture of our moulds and the year of the last general overhaul clearly on every product box.

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