Dutch shipbuilder Damen wants to become the most sustainable shipbuilder in the world, both in its production methods and in terms of the vessels it builds. The recent keel-laying of its first fully electric tug, the RSD-E Tug 2513, heralds a new era of emissions-free operations in a critical area of maritime activity and marks a big step towards both for Damen and for a sustainable future in harbour and other maritime operations worldwide
Investments in R&D
Damen is well known for its extensive commitment to investing in research and development to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. An important part of this is ongoing consultations with both port operators and tug owners, with the goal of creating vessels that meet both their operational and regulatory needs. The new RSD-E Tug 2513 will be the first fully electric tug with 70 tonnes of bollard pull.
Emissions-free port operation
Every aspect of industrial and economic activity must play its part including shipping and specifically harbour tugs which, typically operating close to the shore and often in urban and industrial areas, are natural candidates for taking the first steps to adopting. Ports are playing an important role in sustainability, with Antwerp and Rotterdam as notable examples.
Another is Ports of Auckland, the launch customer for the first RSD-E Tug 2513, which has embraced the ambitious goal of becoming a zero-emissions port by 2040. In the light of the renewed impetus to tackle climate change, the challenge presented by Ports of Auckland for a fully electric tug has come at exactly the right time.