Methanol-Fuelled Tugs Reach Milestone – Industry-First

Executives and representatives from Sanmar Shipyards and Kotug International attended the keel laying ceremony (source: Sanmar Shipyards)
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Sanmar Shipyards and Kotug International recently participated in a keel laying ceremony for two dual-fuel escort tugs to be built for Kotug Canada. These tugboats, able to use methanol and marine gasoil, will assist tankers at the Trans Mountain Expansion Project oil terminal in Canada, enhancing sustainability and reducing emissions. They are part of a partnership with Sc’ianew First Nation to protect the Salish Sea’s environment and resident killer whales.

Kotug International’s president highlighted the significance of this project in promoting sustainability and reducing emissions in the maritime industry. Sanmar Shipyards emphasized the importance of adapting to new technologies for a sustainable future, with the tugs featuring innovative fire-fighting capabilities. The vessels will replace older tugs, with a third already under contract to aid in response to marine spills in Western Canada.

The new tugboats will incorporate advanced features such as Schottel Sydrive azimuth thrusters to improve fuel efficiency, as well as graphene paint to reduce biofouling and enhance hull smoothness. These measures will not only increase the tugs’ performance but also contribute to environmental protection in the Salish Sea.

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