Svitzer develops greenest tugboat

Svitzer A/S, which operates its two tugboats Bjørn and Mars at CMP, has developed a new type of harbour tug that consumes less fuels, spills less oil and is more manoeuvreable than other tugs.

“At Svitzer we are constantly working to minimise our environmental footprint, and we have developed a tugboat which is environmentally optimised in every way without compromising on performance,” Allan Warlev, Commercial Manager Denmark, says.

ECOTug has been specially designed to operate in ports and at terminals as well as in environmentally sensitive areas. It is equipped with three fuel-efficient engines for diesel-electric operation, which produce significantly lower CO2 emissions while maintaining a higher level of performance. The tug is also equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, which virtually eliminate emissions of SOx, NOx and particulates.

All on-deck machinery is electric, which reduces noise, vibrations and oil spills on deck.

“ECOTug, as the type is called, is based on Svitzer’s tried-and-tested S65/31 tug, and two are going to be built at the Western Baltic Shipyard in Klaipeda. The first ECOTug will be delivered in December of this year, and we may present it at CMP before taking it on to Gothenburg, which is Svitzer’s hub of operations for Sweden and Denmark.”

“Svitzer has more than 500 specialised vessels operating in about 100 ports and 30 terminals and offshore installations worldwide. We have a large market in Australia, where we have recently submitted a tender for an operation in a particularly environmentally sensitive area, where ECOTug would be perfect for the job if we get it,” Allan Warlev says.  

In Denmark Svitzer performs about 750 operations a year, and a large share of those are performed at CMP, where Mars and Bjørn belong.

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