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Shift and KOTUG in MOU to combine PwrSwäp batteries with electronic pusher tug design

09 Nov 2021

International towage and maritime company KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) and Shift Clean Energy on Friday (5 November) announced a partnership to use Shift’s new PwrSwäp clean energy service swappable batteries on a pay-as-you-go basis on KOTUG’s E-Pusher vessels. 

The unique combination supports the maritime industry in meeting its environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives by delivering zero emission shipping and logistics services, it states.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) coincides with COP26 in Glasgow, where reducing global greenhouse gases (GHGs) is at the top of the agenda.

The combined services support the maritime industry in reaching its goal without requiring any upfront capital costs and at competitive rates.

“The message of COP26 is clear; we have to make changes now, with no time to waste. Shipping accounts for significant GHG emissions, contributing to climate change, as well as particulates that are unhealthy for communities living near ports and inland waterways. PwrSwäp and E-Pusher bring zero emissions solutions today,” says Shift CEO Brent Perry.

“Combining our services paves the way for ready to market zero emission solutions. Our modular and scalable E-Pusher design is readily available for large scale assembly. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation,” adds Ard-Jan Kooren, President & CEO of KOTUG International.

Swappable batteries: energy when and where you need it

Shift’s proven technologies provide a ready to market pay-as-you-go service. PwrSwäp uses swappable batteries to deliver energy when and where you need it, delivering 100% uptime, eliminating carbon and minimizing maintenance.

Learn more on PwrSwäp via this video

Modular electric pusher tug

KOTUG offers a range of modular and scalable electric pusher tugs, the E-Pusher Series, powered by swappable energy containers.
The innovative design of the E-Pusher has a draft that is 30% less than conventional pusher tug designs. Due to the modular design the E-Pusher offers a 50% faster delivery time and allows a range of vessels to suit the needs of any waterway.

Learn more on the E-Pusher here

For smart operations, KOTUG will use its advanced dispatching, KOTUG OptiPort route and reporting tool. An automated dispatching system based on historical and real-time information will bridge port and terminal information with ship operations.


Photo credit: KOTUG International
Published: 9 November, 2021

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