The first vessel is intended to be a Damen RSD-E Tug 2513 and the partners are now working together to identify a port that would be best matched to its operational profile.
Damen is currently developing the methanol powered tug with a new design based on its R&D capability in alternative sustainable propulsion systems.
Boluda Towage has been investing to achieve cleaner and greener operations and in 2020 place a multiple order for IMO Tier III compliant tugs in 2020.
Boluda Towage and Damen Shipyards said they looked forward to working with other maritime stakeholders to accelerate the transition to cleaner vessels, particularly those operating in or close to urban areas. In the harbour and towage sector, electric and methanol-fueled propulsion systems currently offer the most available route to achieve this.
“We are very proud of this collaboration/partnership with Damen Shipyards, which represents an important technological and innovative advancement for our industry,” said Vicente Boluda Ceballos, Vice Chairman of Boluda Towage.
“We know that we are in an increasingly complex environment that requires us to always be at the leading edge of solutions to increase safety in our operations, limit our environmental carbon footprint and meet the needs of our customers. With that purpose in mind, we are eager to continue our journey towards the future as a leader in the towage and maritime industry.”