Sanmar Shipyards Inks A Historic Deal

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  • Leading tugboat-builder Sanmar Shipyards and energy storage systems provider Corvus Energy signed a historic co-operation agreement at TugTechnology 2021 to build cutting-edge hybrid and zero-emissions battery-electric tugs in a move hailed as a major step forward towards the creation of an environmentally-friendly towage industry.
  • Corvus Energy will supply the battery technology for this new range of Robert Allan Ltd designed tugs.
  • The co-operation agreement is expected to accelerate the development and increase the availability of more efficient zero- and low-emission tugs.

At TugTechnology 2021, leading tugboat builder Sanmar Shipyards and energy storage systems provider Corvus Energy signed a historic co-operation agreement to build cutting-edge hybrid and zero-emissions battery-electric tugs, heralded as a major step toward the creation of an environmentally friendly towage industry as reported by Sanmar.

The deal

The deal was signed in front of an audience of top-level towage industry executives, decision-makers, and technical experts at the industry-leading technical conference held in London at the end of October by Sanmar Shipyards Vice President Ali Gurun and Corvus Energy CEO Geir Bjrkeli.

The agreement comes after HaiSea awarded Sanmar Shipyards a contract for the building of three electric tugs for the Canada LNG project.

The battery technology for this new generation of tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd will be provided by Corvus Energy.

The tugs will be known as ElectRA 2800 and will have a 6,000kWh energy storage capacity, with a bollard pull of 70 tonnes projected.

This is about equivalent to over 1,000 automobiles’ worth of carbon emissions, and it demonstrates the potential for some of the world’s busiest marine centres.

Innovative designs

The partnership arrangement is expected to hasten the development and commercialization of more efficient zero- and low-emission tugboats.

The two firms will collaborate to study and define a route for future energy supply and integration systems, as well as fuel cell technology, for a larger range of innovative and cost-effective electric and hybrid tugs.

“As world leaders gather to discuss how to combat global warming, at Sanmar Shipyards we are proud to be leading the way through technological advancement to a greener, more sustainable future for our industry,” Ali Gurun, Vice President of Sanmar Shipyards, said, emphasising the significance of the agreement, which came just ahead of the COP26 UN climate change summit in Glasgow.

“This agreement enables both companies to draw on their extensive experience and expertise to put words into action when it comes to environmental protection while continuing to provide the powerful, cost-effective, and efficient tools our industry requires to carry out its critical role in keeping the global economy moving.”

The vessels will be able to function more efficiently and without affecting the environment thanks to innovative designs combined with safe and powerful batteries.

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Source: Sanmar

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