Madrid - Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, Spain, has launched a new hybrid-powered icebreaking escort tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd for Port of Luleå, in Sweden.
The new tug is a RAL TundRA 3600-H designed to perform icebreaking – it is capable of breaking 1 metre of ice at a speed of up to 3 knots- ice management, escort, ship-assist, coastal towing, fire-fighting and navigation aids service duties.
The vessel, writes Gondan in its press release, “will be equipped with an innovative hybrid propulsion system that will include two diesel main engines, shaft generators/motors and batteries for energy storage. This configuration will provide operational flexibility that will produce significant fuel, emissions and maintenance savings”.
With an expected bollard pull of about 100 tonnes in diesel-mechanical mode when including battery boost capacity, this tug, says Gondan, “will be the most powerful icebreaking escort tug of this size in the world with hybrid/electrical propulsion”.