AD Ports Group highlights that the new electric tug will be more cost-effective compared to traditional diesel-powered tugs, thanks to its lower maintenance costs. The tug boasts an impressive bollard pull of 70 tonnes. While it is designed for battery operation, it will initially run on generators that meet IMO Tier III emissions standards.

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Looking ahead, Safeen plans to establish a shore facility at Khalifa Port. This facility will provide 1.5 MW of power for charging, enabling the new tug and other vessels to operate fully on electric power.


Captain Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, CEO – Maritime & Shipping Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: “We are very proud to have the first electric tug in the Middle East join our fleet. Implementing electric tugs into our operations aligns with our local and global and local ambitions for greener maritime operations. AD Ports Group’s commitment to a sustainable future is underscored by adopting such technologies, contributing to the overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime sector.”

Kommer Damen, Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group said “We are very pleased that the first electric tug in the Middle East is going to be undertaking operations for SAFEEN Group. The RSD-E 2513 has garnered recognition within the maritime industry, winning the ‘Tug of the Year’ award at the 2022 International Tug & Salvage Awards. This accolade emphasises the vessel’s innovative design and its contribution to environmental sustainability.” 

Editor: Kemal Can Kayar