SAFEEN Group trials first electric tug in Middle East for marine services fleet

SAFEEN Group trials first electric tug in Middle East for marine services fleet

SAFEEN Group, part of AD Ports Group, has announced the trial of an electric tug within their Marine Services fleet, marking the first deployment of its kind in the Middle East. The electric tug will operate at AD Ports Group’s flagship facility, Khalifa Port.

The Damen RSD-E Tug 2513, an all-electric harbour tug, was unveiled during the 27th International Tug & Salvage Convention, Exhibition & Awards 2024 in Dubai. The tug offers numerous advantages, including zero emissions from “Tank to Propeller,” operational efficiency with a 70-tonne bollard pull capable of handling the largest vessels, and cost-effectiveness due to lower maintenance costs compared to diesel-powered counterparts.

Initially, the tug will be operated via generators that comply with the latest emission IMO tier 3 regulations. This setup remains more fuel-efficient than traditional ASD tugs. The trial initiative is expected to pave the way for a formalised electrification strategy for the marine services fleet.

Future plans include establishing a shore facility at Khalifa Port capable of delivering 1.5 MW of power for charging such tugs. This demonstrates AD Ports Group’s dedication to sustainable infrastructure and readiness to support electric-powered vessels. With a shore charging facility in place, the tug will fully utilise its electric capabilities, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of maritime activities.

Captain Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, CEO – Maritime & Shipping Cluster, AD Ports Group, stated, “We are very proud to have the first electric tug in the Middle East join our fleet. Implementing electric tugs into our operations aligns with our local and global ambitions for greener maritime operations. AD Ports Group’s commitment to a sustainable future is underscored by adopting such technologies, contributing to the overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime sector.”

Kommer Damen, chairman of Damen Shipyards Group, added, “We are very pleased that the first electric tug in the Middle East is going to be undertaking operations for SAFEEN Group. The RSD-E 2513 has garnered recognition within the maritime industry, winning the ‘Tug of the Year’ award at the 2022 International Tug & Salvage Awards. This accolade emphasises the vessel’s innovative design and its contribution to environmental sustainability.”

SAFEEN Group delivers a comprehensive portfolio of marine services, shipping, transshipment, and offshore and subsea solutions, operating a fleet of state-of-the-art vessels to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness. This latest investment marks a pivotal advancement in SAFEEN Group’s maritime operations towards eco-friendly and efficient maritime solutions.

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22 May 2024