The zero-emissions electric tug will operate in Marmara Sea in port of Istanbul, Turkey
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and Bergen, Norway – July 12, 2018 – Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that the Corvus Orca energy storage system (ESS) has been selected by Turkish ship designer and builder Navtek Naval Technologies, a subsidiary company of TK Tuzla Shipyard, for the world’s first battery-powered, all-electric tugboat.
The Navtek NV-712 ZeeTUG, which stands for Zero Emissions Electric Tug, will be delivered in early 2019 to GISAS Shipbuilding Industry Co to operate primarily in Istanbul harbor. Orkun Özek, Navtek’s vice chairman of the board, said: “The tug is small and will work in a very narrow and tight environment, which is why we opted for a fully electric, battery-powered propulsion system rather than a hybrid solution.”
The Corvus ESS battery, with energy storage capacity of 1500 KWh, will provide power for two SIEMENS propulsion motors driving conventional propulsion system through ABB thrusters and drive systems, integrated by Turkey’s BMA Technology.
“We selected Corvus because of their extensive expertise and track record with tugs and all-electric workboats,” says Ferhat Acuner, general manager of Navtek. “We are confident in their ability to deliver a first-class solution for our newest battery-powered tug design and look forward to working with the team at Corvus.”
“As a leading electric system integrator, BMA Technology is constantly looking for more efficient and innovative solutions,” says Akın Artun, R&D Manager of BMA Technology. “Corvus is a reliable partner and we are looking forward to cooperating on the ZeeTUG project.”
“It has been a pleasure to work with BMA and Navtek on this project,” says Tommy Sletten, Team Leader Technical Sales Support at Corvus Energy. “Close collaboration with their knowledgeable teams allowed us to determine the technical solution quickly.”
“Corvus has supplied battery ESSs for numerous hybrid tugs, and we are excited to have been selected for the industry’s first all-electric tug,” says Roger Rosvold, Director of Sales & Key Account at Corvus Energy. “With ever more stringent emissions controls in harbors and coastal shipping routes, we expect interest in battery-powered operation of a wide variety of marine vessels to grow significantly.”
As the leading manufacturer of energy storage systems for maritime applications, Corvus Energy provides battery power to more hybrid or all-electric ferries than all other providers of energy storage systems combined. Corvus offers the innovative Orca ESS solutions portfolio and has unsurpassed experience from 140+ projects, totaling over 100 MWh and 2 million operating hours.
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