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Maritime Propulsion

December 18, 2023

Two Electric Tugs Built for SAAM Towage in Canada

(Photo: SAAM Towage)

The first electric tugs for SAAM Towage's fleet are ready to sail from the Port of Tuzla to Vancouver, Canada, where they will join the fleet operating in that country.

SAAM Towage's Engineering and Development Manager, Pablo Cáceres, said, "We are one step closer to having our electric tugs operating, which for us represents the way to advance towards more sustainable operations and move our business into the future."

The Sanmar-built vessels have successfully completed their final seaworthiness trials and will soon be loaded onto the cargo ship BBC Emerald, a maneuver that requires two 400-ton cranes.

The tugs were purchased as part of an agreement between SAAM Towage, Teck and Neptune, companies with a shared value of caring for the environment, that opted for these vessels that will significantly reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and underwater noise.

The ElectRA 2300SX was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and has an overall length of 23 meters and 70 tons of bollard pull. At full capacity, both units will reduce CO2 emissions by 2,600 metric tons a year.

They are powered by two Li-ion battery banks, making them 100% electric, zero-emission vessels, and they will be charged using clean energy from the British Columbia power grid.

Given the situation in the Panama Canal, they will travel to Canada via the Strait of Magellan, which will take about 60 days.

SAAM Towage operates more than 20 tugs along Canada's west coast at nine ports in British Columbia.