Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards, German engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen (subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems) and Denmark’s SVITZER have embarked on the pioneering project with the official announcement of the new eco-friendly tug planned for 2016. The new Reverse Stern Drive (RSD)® CNG-powered tug combines high power with lower fuel costs and a substantial reduction in emissions.
Martijn Smit, Damen Sales Manager Europe, commented: “We are proud to be building the prototype. With the MTU 4000 engine, this vessel is excellent for ship handling, with very quick acceleration. Maneuverability is combined with the vessel being green, clean and efficient.”
The new 16-cylinder pure gas engine being developed by MTU is based on its proven workboat Series 4000 M63 diesel engine. It will be complemented with a multipoint gas injection system, a dynamic engine control and an optimized safety concept. “Due to the clean combustion concept, compliance with IMO Tier 3 emission legislation will be ensured without the need of additional exhaust gas after treatment,” said Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG.
SVITZER CTO Kristian Brauner also stated: “As a market leader it is important for us to stay innovative with regards to performing safe and eco-friendly operations and to reduce emissions. Through the years we have already developed one version of the ECOtug and with this in mind, the choice to develop the new CNG tug is a natural step towards remaining an eco-conscious towage company.”
Source: Damen Shipyards