HaiSea Marine orders LNG and electric tugs for Kitimat

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HaiSea Marine, a partnership formed between the Haisla Nation and Seaspan ULC, will provide ship-assist and escort services to LNG carriers navigating Douglas Channel and approaches in Kitimat Harbour. The escort and harbour tugs are being designed by Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL) and will feature leading edge technology. The harbour tugs will be battery electric powered, while the larger escort tugs will be LNG dual-fueled. The ElectRA 2800 battery-electric harbour tugs will be 28 metres in length, with approximately 70 tonnes bollard pull and 5,240 kWh of battery capacity each. The tugs will  recharge from dedicated shore charging facilities at their berths between jobs, effectively reducing emissions to near-zero. Because of their battery propulsion, they are also expected to be exceptionally quiet, both onboard and underwater. The LNG dual-fueled RAstar 4000 tugs will be the most powerful Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) escort tugs on Canada’s west coast, and will rank among the world’s highest-performing escort tugs. At 40 meters in length and with over 95 tonnes of bollard pull, they will generate indirect forces of approximately 200 tonnes. In addition to the escort work, the tugs will be capable of pollution response/oil spill recovery, fire fighting of marine terminal fires, person overboard response, and emergency towage of vessels.

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