Drydocks World cuts steel on pioneering LNG tug project

Steel cutting ceremony held in Dubai for first LNG-powered tug in the Middle East
Steel cutting ceremony held in Dubai for first LNG-powered tug in the Middle East
Steel cutting ceremony held in Dubai for first LNG-powered tug in the Middle East

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Drydocks World and Maritime World have held a steel cutting ceremony for the Middle East’s first LNG powered harbour tug ‘Elemarateyah.’

Held in Drydocks World’s state-of-the-art steel fabrication centre, the beginning of this project sets a regional first and represents a major breakthrough in the future of more eco-efficient technology in the maritime industry.

The large global reserves of gas and the energy efficiency of LNG fuel, compounded by stringent emissions standards, positions LNG as a commercially viable opportunity if the higher costs associated with building an LNG-powered tug can be mitigated through projects such as these.

The potential of LNG is well-known, it has almost double the energy content of MDO fuel, with 85% less NOx emissions and 25% less CO2. For this reason, some in the industry see it as the ‘fuel of the future’.

Elemarateyah is due to be completed in May 2016. Drydocks World is being supported by Wartsila, which is supplying the main engine and with Tasneef providing classification services.

“Drydocks World is proud to collaborate with these local and international companies to position Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of environmentally sustainable projects,” the shipyard said in a release.

“As the first in the Middle East to lead the way with the LNG powered tug, Drydocks World looks forward to many future successful project milestones,” the company added.

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