Drydocks World and Maritime World, provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, marked a key milestone in achieving environmental excellence at the steel cutting ceremony for the Middle East’s first LNG powered harbour tug ‘Elemarateyah.’ Held in Drydocks World’s steel fabrication centre, the beginning of this project sets a regional first and demonstrates Drydocks World’s innovative approach to providing maritime and energy sector solutions.
The large global reserves of gas and the energy efficiency of LNG fuel, compounded by stringent emissions standards, positions LNG as a commercially viable opportunity, the company explains. LNG fuel has almost double the energy content of MDO fuel, with LNG approximately reducing emissions of NOx by 85% and CO2 by 25%. LNG as an alternative energy source is gaining momentum as the ‘fuel of the future’ among the global maritime community and Drydocks World strives to be a pioneer in implementing this green technology throughout their facilities, wholeheartedly supporting the Government of Dubai’s environmental initiatives.
Drydocks World is experienced in building tugs and is now modernizing the yards tug operations through pioneering the LNG-power concept, with Elemarateyah due to be completed in May 2016. Wartsila will supply the main engine and Tasneef will provide their classification services.
As the first in the Middle East to lead the way with the LNG powered tug, Drydocks World looks forward to many future successful project milestones.
(Source: Drydocks World)