Crowley announced that plans to build and operate the first all-electric powered harbor tugboat in the US.
s explained, the 82-foot vessel with 70 tons of bollard pull advances Crowley and the maritime industry’s efforts toward sustainability and decarbonization.
Over the first 10 years of its use, the operation of the new eTug will reduce 178 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx), 2.5 tons of diesel particulate matter, and 3,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) versus a conventional tug.
EXCITING NEWS: We will build the first fully electric U.S. tugboat! Expected to be operational at @portofsandiego by mid-2023, the eWolf will be built by Master Boat Builders and will run on innovative technology designed by @ABBNorthAmerica. https://t.co/APV4rZNkds pic.twitter.com/kC9tHE8oah
— Crowley Maritime (@CrowleyMaritime) July 12, 2021
The electric tug will replace one that consumes more than 30,000 gallons of diesel per year. The eTug will operate at the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and will be operational by mid-2023.
The eWolf represents everything Crowley stands for: innovation, sustainability and performance. With this groundbreaking tug design, our team continues to embrace our role as leaders in the maritime industry while providing our customers with innovative and sustainable solutions done right.
…said company Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley.
The eTug will be built by Master Boat Builders in Coden, Ala., utilizing the design and on-site construction management by Crowley Engineering Services and its recently integrated Jensen Maritime naval architecture and marine engineering group. The eTug’s battery system will be charged at a specially designed, shoreside station developed with Cochran Marine.
Crowley’s first-of-its-kind electric tugboat is a game changer. It checks all the boxes by providing environmental, economic, and operational benefits for our communities and maritime industry.
…said Chairman Michael Zucchet of the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners.