Rolls-Royce and Drydocks develop LNG tugs

The LNG tugs will be fitted with a range of Rolls-Royce power and propulsion equipment The LNG tugs will be fitted with a range of Rolls-Royce power and propulsion equipment

Rolls-Royce is to provide power and propulsion systems for LNG powered tugs being designed by Drydocks World Dubai for the Middle East market.

The tugs will feature a range of Rolls-Royce power and propulsion equipment, including Bergen medium speed gas engines.

These engines have been designed to improve fuel efficiency and significantly cut harmful methane emissions. They emit around 17% less greenhouse gas per unit of power produced compared to other diesel engines, meeting strict environmental regulations, set to take effect in 2016.

Neil Gilliver, president, Rolls-Royce, said: “We are pleased to be working with Drydocks World to integrate highly efficient LNG power and propulsion systems into LNG powered tugs for the Middle East market. This cooperation further demonstrates our commitment to helping customers improve their operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact.”

Khamis Juma Buamim, chairman, Drydocks World and Maritime World, added: “We are at the threshold of a new era in environment management for maritime sustainable development. Drydocks World seeks to take a leadership role in implementing green technology solutions and is developing a new product, the Green tug.”

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