Drydocks has entered into Memorandum of Understanding with Wärtsilä and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence for building this harbor tugboat, which will feature a dual engine capable of operating with both traditional MDO and LNG. This project launched under the trade mark “Elemarateyah” is part of the Dubai Maritime Green Initiative, a strategic movement to encourage all-round environmental excellence in maritime and allied sectors including oil, gas and energy.
“Dubai is the gateway to green maritime products and services primarily due to its strategic location, modern port facilities and shipyard services. Now, we are building the world’s first LNG-fueled harbor tug and are wholeheartedly supporting the Government of Dubai’s initiatives. The environmental and economic advantages of using LNG as a marine fuel are immeasurable, it will cut NOx and CO2 emissions by nearly 85% and 25% respectively,” said Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World.
Drydocks World and Dubai Maritime City will collaborate with Wärtsilä for design, equipment and related support services for the construction of the tug. Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence will provide advisory and project management services towards the development of low-carbon strategies. Moreover, Emirates Classification (TASNEEF) will offer classification and advisory services, issue mandatory certificates for ship registration, and provide technical and engineering services as well as training.
“Wärtsilä and Drydocks share the same mission of providing eco-friendly solutions to the marine industry. Our experience provides a strong basis of support to Drydocks as they strive to maintain a safe and clean operating environment. By signing the MoU, we will be able to enhance further cooperation with Drydocks ensuring delivery of modern and efficient ships complying with the present legislations and the ones to come,” said Lars Anderson, Vice President, 4-stroke Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.
Source: Drydocks World