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Dubai and Qatar both plan to build LNG powered tugs

Dubai: Dubai and Qatar have both announced plans to build LNG powered tugs.

Drydocks World and Dubai Maritime City have joined forces with Wartsila and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence to build a tug with a dual fuel engine.

“Use of LNG will reduce emissions of NOx and CO2 by approximately 85% and 25% respectively. Our combined initiative with leaders in their respective fields aims to implement LNG technology at our yard and develop appropriate facilities thereby encouraging the commercial use of the technology," said Khamis Buamim, chairman of Drydocks World.

Meanwhile, DNV GL’s Qatar office has said it is to provide guidance on LNG bunkering. A Qatar Petroleum (QP) official said the company would build an LNG-fuelled tug for Ras Laffan port and two LNG-fuelled OSVs for QP’s offshore fields.

“Qatar’s entry as a provider of LNG for the marine industry will be a game-changer given that it is the largest single exporter of LNG globally,” said Shahrin Osman, DNV GL Regional Manager Maritime Advisory Middle East & India.  [25/05/14]

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