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Auckland buys world’s first full-size fully electric tugboat

Ports of Auckland has signed a deal with Damen Shipyards to buy the world’s first full-size fully electric tugboat.

The six-metre tug will deliver in 2021. The Damen RSD-E Tug 2513 model has a 70-tonne bollard pull.

Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson said the planned purchase was part of the company’s plan to be zero emission by 2040.

“We set this goal because we recognise that urgent action is needed on climate change, and we wanted to be part of the solution. However, setting that goal created a tough challenge. We have a lot of heavy equipment, like tugs, and in 2016 there were no zero emission options,” Gibson said in a statement.

The newbuild is costing double the price of a standard diesel tug.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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