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Kongsberg tech to power electric tug

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Kongsberg Maritime’s azimuth thrusters have been selected to power a fully electric ship handling tug developed by the Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) and Damen Shipyards Group.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} POAL declared the intention to conduct completely emission-free operations by 2040, with Damen chosen as partner. The result of this joint initiative will be the RSD-E Tug 2513, a zero-emissions derivation of the IMO Tier III-ready RSD Tug 2513, introduced by Damen in 2018.

The new tug will be equipped with two KONGSBERG US255 L PM FP azimuth thrusters, supplied from Kongsberg Maritime’s facility in Rauma, Finland and providing a bollard pull capability of 70 tonnes. With their integrated PM electric motors, unrivalled manoeuvrability, tough modular construction and proven reliability, these thrusters combine minimal running costs with strong environmental credentials.

“With sustainability as an ongoing watchword, both KONGSBERG and Damen are of a like mind in encouraging the spread of remote and autonomous processes across the marine industry,” said Bård Bjørløw, EVP global sales and marketing, Kongsberg Maritime. “Equipped with our state-of-the-art thrusters, the RSD-E Tug 2513is destined for recognition as a benchmark concept in the development of zero-emissions, fully-electric vessels; and we commend Ports of Auckland in setting this inspiring example for eco-friendly port operations.

“As the demand grows to mitigate environmental impacts and slash emissions throughout entire supply chains, we at KONGSBERG are pleased to be able to assist our customers in choosing innovative and dependable solutions for efficient, green and safe global maritime working practices.” {/mprestriction}

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