HaiSea Marine, a partnership between Haisla First Nation and Seaspan ULC in Canada, has received the first of three battery-electric harbour tugs from Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey. The tug, named HaiSea Wamis, is the shipbuilder’s inaugural battery electric tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. has won International Tug & Salvage (ITS) Tug of the Year 2023. This powerful battery-driven tugboat beat several other shortlisted nominees in one of the most competitive fields to win the Bureau Veritas-sponsored ITS award.
The order for these all-electric harbour tugs was placed under an LNG Canada contract to support the export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia. The HaiSea Wamis tug has two Schottel CombiDrives and electric motors, allowing it to achieve a bollard pull of approximately 70 tonnes. The tugs are ABS classed, and the collaboration between all partners, including ABS, ensured the delivery of this advanced electric harbour tug.