Kotug Canada’s two Methanol fueled tugs to aid TMX towage operations

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Kotug Canada has chosen Sanmar Shipyards to build two dual-fuel methanol-powered escort tugs for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project in Canada. The tugs, designed by Robert Allan Ltd., will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and underwater noise. They will be the world’s first large purpose-built high bollard pull methanol-fueled tugs and are set to enter service in 2025. The project involves a partnership with the Sc’ianew First Nation and aims to provide sustainable towage services. The tugs will have advanced features, including cross-link systems, shaft generators, and graphene-coated hulls, reducing fuel consumption and environmental impact. They will also be equipped with firefighting equipment, spill response capabilities, and customized escort systems. The project prioritizes crew comfort and minimizes noise and vibration.

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