Damen Shipyards and Boluda Towage have joined forces to launch the first newbuild methanol tug in Europe.
The first vessel is intended to be a Damen RSD-E Tug 2513 and the partners are now working together to identify the potential harbour that will be best matched to its operational profile.
Damen is currently developing the methanol powered tug as part of its sustainable shipbuilding ambitions.
This new design is based on Damen’s experience in alternative sustainable propulsion systems.
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Arnout Damen, CEO of Damen Shipyards Group, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Boluda Towage on what will be a new chapter in European towage.
“Not only is this project in keeping with our own values, we also aim to give added momentum to the transition to sustainable harbour towage as the benefits that both electric and methanol-driven vessels deliver will be there for all to see.
“To aid this process, we are already building RSD-E Tugs 2513 for stock and a number will be available for delivery in 2024/25,” Damen added.
In March, Damen announced that its Triton Internet of Things (IoT) platform received Bureau Veritas (BV) type approval certification for cyber resilience.