India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPT) will build two green tugboats at Cochin Shipyard over the next three months, according to India’s Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal. The state-owned organisation will also advise three other port authorities each to order two new green tugs from Cochin Shipyard. The government has embarked on a transition to green Indian shipping, starting with tugs, with hybrid technology being tested ahead of fully sustainable solutions.
Operating profiles for tugs demonstrate that they require high power for only 5-10% of their total operating time. As a result, purely battery-powered tugs may not be feasible, according to an unnamed shipbuilding manager. A green tug will practically run on battery or other environmentally friendly fuels during normal operation, but when peak performance is required, a diesel engine will be necessary. The introduction of environmentally friendly tugs has been planned for some time, as part of a wider strategy aimed at encouraging the use of non-fossil and alternative fuels in shipping.
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