ABB powers first South Asia hybrid tug
(Posted on 17/04/20)
ABB’s electric propulsion, power, energy storage, control and automation technology will be at the heart of the first tug in South Asia capable of switching between low emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines and zero-emission battery power. The tug, which will operate in Singapore harbor, has been ordered by Sembcorp Marine subsidiary Jurong Marine Services for delivery from the Sembcorp Marine shipyard by the end of 2020.
LNG as a fuel virtually eliminates sulphur oxide emissions, while the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is also incentivizing its use to support the International Maritime Organization’s aims to halve ship CO2 emissions by 2050.
The project represents the first delivery of ABB’s award-winning power and distribution system Onboard DC Grid™ for a tug application. Leveraging Onboard DC Grid™, the vessel will be able to deploy 904 kWh of battery power for zero-emission operation, as well as for peak shaving – improving utilization of electricity use on board.
“This is a breakthrough in the tug market for the ABB’s energy storage technologies and a strong validation of Onboard DC Grid™ as the ultimate solution for power management efficiency for hybrid propulsion,” says Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “Future-proofing for a different energy mix makes particular sense for tugs and other port service vessels, as the most likely candidates to face imminent environmental restriction. This is also a great example of a local team meeting a regional priority by realizing ABB’s ‘Electric. Digital. Connected.’ vision.”
Gas fuelled engines face a particular challenge when it comes to handling the fast-changing load capabilities demanded by tugs. Leveraging the Onboard DC Grid™ system, the tug’s engines will be able to run at variable speeds for optimized LNG fuel economy at each load level.
Additionally, through integration with an energy storage source, the batteries will be able to provide power to the tug’s propulsion system almost instantaneously. Leveraging the capabilities of Onboard DC Grid™, the LNG engines will not have the need to be tied to a fixed speed against dynamic loads, and would be able to provide energy at variable revolutions per minute (RPM), further enhancing efficiency, responsiveness and sustainability of tug operations. ABB’s scope of supply also includes the DC drives for the PTI/PTO variable speed shaft generator, which integrates with the energy storage battery.
Nippon Paint Marine has enhanced its existing hull condition monitoring software by adding the XSHIP... Read more
Cargotec’s interim report January–September 2020 has shown that performance improved from... Read more
Ship repair activity at Gibdock has continued to be rock solid, despite uncertainties through the first... Read more
Survitec, a global provider of survival solutions, has partnered with the Museum of Godalming, located... Read more
In a move to support the commitment of The Nautical Institute’s work to promote professionalism... Read more
Bruks Siwertell has been awarded a contract to supply the USA-based Colonial Group with a new high-capacity... Read more
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured an order to provide cargo handling cranes for four 62,000 dwt... Read more
Wärtsilä Voyage will supply two of its advanced cloud-based simulation solutions to the Massachusetts... Read more
Wärtsilä Voyage Cloud Simulation Solution has been selected by leading ship manager, Anglo... Read more
With IMO targeting a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, LNG is becoming a natural choice... Read more