Electric tugs

Recent pictures of the two HYDROMASTER® Series 4 Transom mounted Azimuth propulsion units installed on a fully Electric Pusher tug approaching completion at Padmos Shipyard in Stellendam. The shipyard is building this pusher tug for KOTUG International for deployment on the Dutch waterways, designed by C-Job Naval Architects. Total propulsion power on this sustainable design is 600 kW:

The completed push tug will look like this:

Source: Maasmond Newsclippings.

looks like off-the-shelf induction AC motors. Could be very good, as in easy to replace…or bad (not weather proofed?) They seriously can’t make a better enclosure?

This concept is based battery power so I would assume that the motors are DC (no need for converters). Here is more on the concept:

The swappable battery banks is key to the operation:

PS> Since these tugs are for inland waterways I presume that “rain proof” is sufficient cover for the motors.

The L/B Factor: 1.0 (??)

In addition, the vessel’s powerplant will be outfitted with the option for 100% electric power supply.

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Photos: Willem Holtkamp (c)

Another “world’s first” eclectic push tug delivered:

In Canada:

In Europe:

Electric workboat with towing capabilities:


BB Electra departs from IJmuiden on her delivery trip from the building yard in Turkey:

BB Electra arrives in Oslo: