New Zealand’s Ports of Auckland announced the signing of a contract with Dutch company Damen Shipyards to buy the world’s first full-size, fully electric port tug. This comes in line with the port’s commitment to be zero emission by 2040, as previously announced.
Wärtsilä’s hybrid power module solution, the Wärtsilä HY, is now operating on the ‘Vilja’, an escort tug owned by the Swedish port of Luleå. The tug was constructed at Gondan Shipbuilders in Asturias, Spain and was delivered in the end of June 2019, after successfully conducting commissioning and sea trials.
Japan’s first LNG-fueled tugboat was named and launched on 28 September. Built at Kanagawa Dockyard Co and owned by MOL, the tugboat was named ‘Ishin’ after the company’s technology development project, the “Ishin Next – MOL Smart Ship Project” and is slated for delivery in February 2019.
The first IMO Tier III certified tugboat, in Europe, is about to be constructed. Namely, Caterpillar Marine informed that Uzmar Workboat and Tug Factory will built the vessel. The tugboat will be powered with engines, and generators with Selective Catalytic Reactor systems to comply with IMO Tier III certification requirements.
The Netherlands-based towage company ALP Maritime has taken official delivery of towing vessel ‘ALP Keeper’ in Okayama, Japan. The vessel is part of the ALP Future Class, meaning it has a fuel capacity of 3400 m3 of IFO/MGO, sufficient for non-stop Trans-Atlantic/Indian, Pacific Ocean towing operations without fuel calls.
Jensen Maritime was ordered to design a new 100-foot, Z-Drive hybrid tugboat for Baydelta Maritime. The company will use Rolls-Royce hybrid technology and it will be the first hybrid tug designed by Jensen to enter the construction phase. The hybrid tug is planned to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.
This marks MOL’s first ownership of a tugboat powered by LNG-fueled engines produced by Yanmar Co., Ltd. and it will be the first LNG-fueled tugboat in Japan conforming to the IGF code. It is also Japan’s first LNG-fueled tugboat with the LNG fuel tank mounted on the exposed deck at the stern of the ship.
The vessel will have reduced exhaust emission levels, when operating in ‘green’ mode, with minimal visible smoke from being produced since the load is being picked-up by the batteries. Moreover, the noise level of the tug will be reduced.
The Wärtsilä HYTug focuses on environmental sustainability, operational efficiency, and lower fuel consumption. The new tug incorporates engines, an energy storage system using batteries, and power electronics optimised to work together through an energy management system.
DeltaBreaker combines the features of tug, icebreaker and pusher with some added functionalities. The ship uses LNG as fuel, so as to reduce emissions, and the hull shape has low resistance with ability to break ice up to 0.6 m thick.
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