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ICE TO DEVELOP WIND-POWERED TUG CONCEPT

ICE TO DEVELOP WIND-POWERED TUG CONCEPT

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 

Bluewater Engineering has contracted ship designer ICE for concept development of the Skytug, an innovative class of vessels designed for ocean towing of slow-moving cargo ships.

Incorporating Bluewater’s patent-pending technology to deploy and control large kite arrays, Skytugs will effectively convert high-altitude wind power into a sea-level towing force. By using that force instead of the towed ships’ own propulsion machinery during most of a transoceanic crossing, Skytugs will enable cargo ships to trade at normal speed with near-zero emission, without additional crew training or investments.

The Skytug Project is supported as part of the UK’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. The Project will initially focus on developing and assessing the feasibility of the key elements of the Skytug concept, with a view to approving the design and building of an integrated demonstrator in 2022/23.

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