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Sparky' is making green greener

The world's first fully-electric ship-handling tug of 70 tonnes bollard pull - the Damen RSD-E Tug 2513 - was launched at Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam on 4 December.

Ports of Auckland approached Damen with the question – was a fully-electric, zero emissions tug a possibility? Damen, with its own goal to become the world’s most sustainable shipbuilder, was keen to take up the challenge. With Ports of Auckland already operating  a Damen ASD Tug 2411, the shipbuilder was able to assess the potential for a fully-electric tug. The idea proved not only to be possible, but economically viable.

Sjoerd de Bruin, Damen sales manager Asia Pacific, said “ With 40% of New Zealand’s energy being generated from sustainable sources – including 80% of electricity – ‘Sparky’ offers the chance to complete the sustainable circle in Ports of Auckland’s tug operation.”

“Since receiving the order for this historic vessel, we have been working towards this moment – the introduction of the first fully-electric tug of this capability to the water. We are looking forward to continuing in our task and completing the vessel in the coming months.”

The next stages of construction will see Damen install the vessel’s innovative hardware. The RSD-E Tug 2513 is scheduled to be delivered to Ports of Auckland end 2021. Following a vote, Ports of Auckland plan to name the vessel ‘Sparky’.

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