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Hybrid tug to be developed for Brazilian port

15 Jan 2018

A tug featuring hybrid propulsion and energy storage using batteries is being developed for a new port facility being built in the Brazilian city of São Mateus-ES.

The Wärtsilä HYTug emphasises environmental sustainability, operational efficiency, and lower fuel consumption than is possible with conventional tug designs, says Wärtsilä.

It is the ‘first-of-its-kind’ to fully integrated the hybrid power module that combines engines, the energy storage system, and power electronics to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS).

“The Wärtsilä HYTug will change the landscape of the tugboat market as battery usage significantly increases environmental sustainability and operational efficiency, while at the same time greatly reducing operating costs,” says Marine Solutions' Sales Manager, Mário Barbosa. 

“It represents further evidence of Wärtsilä’s leadership position in sustainable and energy efficient technologies.”

Wärtsilä has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Petrocity, the parent company of the new port facility, for the development.

“Green port operations are completely aligned with Petrocity’s corporate philosophy and values,” says Mr José Roberto, CEO Petrocity.

“We look forward to working with Wärtsilä in developing the kind of harbour tug that meets the criteria that have been established for this project.

“This will be the first of many others in a huge logistics project which aims at the regional integration of the Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais and Bahia states. It represents a definitive guarantee of the interiorization of the economy in the north of Espírito Santo.”

Photo credit: Wärtsilä
Publication date: 15 January, 2018

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