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Monday, September 6, 2021 

Corvus Energy and Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyards have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to develop a new range of zero-emission and hybrid tugs based on Robert Allan designs.

The MoU allows the two companies to jointly explore and establish a path for the future supply and integration of energy supply systems and fuel cell technology for a wider range of innovative and cost-effective electric and hybrid tugs, which will be constructed at Sanmar Shipyards’ facilities in Turkey. Corvus Energy will be responsible for battery and fuel cell technology, dimensioning and advice on battery room design, power system and fuel interfaces.

Ruchan Civgin, Commercial Director, Sanmar, said: “Sanmar as ever, is focused on moving forward with technology and especially with pioneering technologies that contribute significantly to our customers’ and society’s march towards a greener and sustainable future. Corvus Energy is leading the way in how energy storage systems are used by continuously developing new technology and exploring ever-newer ways of using energy storage to optimise energy consumption and reduce cost. The MoU we have signed with Corvus Energy draws on both our considerable strengths as leaders, pioneers and innovators in our respective fields, to accelerate the path towards much needed, cost-effective and efficient future-ready battery and hybrid tugs, still further.”

“The tug and workboat market is an important market for Corvus Energy and a big part of our future growth strategy. Battery and fuel cell technology is especially advantageous for workboat and tugs as their operational profile is highly variable. This MoU with Sanmar, which is one of the world’s leading tugboat builders, will help accelerate the development and increase availability of more efficient zero- and low-emission tugs, said Ronald Hansen, SVP Ship solutions, Corvus Energy.

The tug series will be based on a Robert Allan Design and have bollard pull of between 30t and70t.

Both organisations intend to move aggressively towards the signing of a full Cooperation Agreement later this year.

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