Istanbul-based Sanmar Shipyards has signed a landmark agreement with Norway’s Corvus Energy to build zero-emission, hybrid battery electric tugs.

The agreement was signed by Sanmar Shipyards vice president Ali Gurun and Corvus Energy CEO Geir Bjørkeli.

The signing follows HaiSea’s recent contract award to Sanmar Shipyards for the construction of three electric tugboats for the Canada LNG project.

“As world leaders gather to discuss how to combat global warming, we at Sanmar Shipyards are proud to lead the way through technological advancement towards a greener and more sustainable future for our industry. This agreement allows both companies to leverage their extensive experience and expertise to put words into action when it comes to protecting the environment, while continuing to provide the powerful, cost-effective and efficient tools our industry needs to carry out its essential role in sustaining the environment,” said Ali Gurun, vice president of Sanmar Shipyards.

Corvus Energy will supply the battery technology for this new range of tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd. The tugs, designated ElectRA 2800, will use an energy storage capacity of 6,000 kWh, configured to achieve an expected bollard pull of 70 tonnes.

Each of the three ElectRA 2800s is expected to eliminate approximately 1,700 tonnes of CO2 per year, resulting in total annual savings of more than 5,000 tonnes compared to cleaner modern diesel alternatives.

Source: Seatrade Maritime News