Ports of Auckland orders world's first full-size electric tug

The Ports of Auckland's future electric tug will be based on Damen's 25- by 13-metre RSD tug series. Image: Damen The Ports of Auckland's future electric tug will be based on Damen's 25- by 13-metre RSD tug series.

Ports of Auckland has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the world's first full-size, fully electric port tug.

The reverse stern drive (RSD) vessel will have a length of 25 metres, a beam of 13 metres, and a bollard pull of 70 tonnes.

Delivery is scheduled for 2021.

Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson said that up to NZ$12 million (US$7.82 million) in operating cost savings would be realised over the electric tug's expected service life of 25 years.

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