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Thursday, April 2, 2020 

Kongsberg Maritime is to supply azimuthing thrusters for a groundbreaking enterprise between Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL) in New Zealand and Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands to develop a fully-electric ship-handling tug.

Having declared the intention of conducting completely emission-free operations by 2040, POAL needed to drive the development of a fully-electric tug, and approached Damen as a progressive yard with a reputation for fuel-efficient hybrid tug design. The result of this joint initiative will be the RSD-E Tug 2513, a zero-emissions derivation of the IMO Tier III-ready RSD Tug 2513, introduced by Damen in 2018.

The new tug will be equipped with two Kongsberg US255 L PM FP azimuth thrusters, supplied from Kongsberg Maritime’s facility in Rauma, Finland and providing a bollard pull capability of 70t. With integrated PM electric motors, high manoeuvrability, modular construction and proven reliability, these thrusters are claimed to combine minimal running costs with environmental credentials.

Kongsberg first supplied Damen in 1983 with its UL801 retractable azimuth thrusters, and in intervening years the alliance between the two companies has notched up many successes. Kongsberg celebrated the delivery of its 1,000th thruster to Damen in 2017 – the same year that the company first provided Damen’s ASD 2811 tugs with thrusters featuring an integrated HD (Heavy Duty) slipping clutch – and that figure has now risen to nearly 1,300.

“With sustainability as an ongoing watchword, both Kongsberg and Damen are of a like mind in encouraging the spread of remote and autonomous processes across the marine industry,” said Bård Bjørløw, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime. Equipped with our state-of-the-art thrusters, the RSD-E Tug 2513 is destined for recognition as a benchmark concept in the development of zero-emissions, fully-electric vessels; and we commend Ports of Auckland in setting this inspiring example for eco-friendly port operations. As the demand grows to mitigate environmental impacts and slash emissions throughout entire supply chains, we at Kongsberg are pleased to be able to assist our customers in choosing innovative and dependable solutions for efficient, green and safe global maritime working practices.”

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