Construction commences on the Mediterranean’s first IMO Tier III tug at a shipyard in Dubai
DP World’s Drydocks World has started construction of the first harbour tug that will comply, in the Mediterranean, with IMO’s Tier III emission requirements under MARPOL Annex VI.
The 27 m escort tug is being built in Dubai, UAE, for P&O Reyser to operate in the Port of Barcelona, Spain, from Q3 2020.
Construction of the asymmetric tractor tug (ATT) began in late June with a steel-cutting ceremony at Drydocks World’s shipyard in Dubai.
It will be classed by Lloyd’s Register and built to a Cintranaval CND-17009 Eco Silent design.
DP World’s chief executive and managing director of the maritime services division, Rado Antolovic, expects this construction contract will lead to more environmentally sustainable projects in the future.
“Together the specialised teams at Drydocks World and P&O Reyser are unlocking new opportunities and building on synergies throughout our organisation, with environmental conservation and safety at the forefront of operations,” he said.
Drydocks World is building the ATT tug with around 75 tonnes of bollard pull for handling larger ships that are docking in the Port of Barcelona.
It will be equipped with two IMO Tier III-compliant engines supplied by MAN Energy Solutions. These MAN 12V175D MM engines, each rated at 2,220 kW, will have selective catalytic reduction (SCR) exhaust-gas emissions after-treatment systems.
P&O Reyser managing director Iñigo Garcia explained that his company worked with MAN for two years "in order to achieve a state-of-the-art tug that complies with the strictest environmental requirements for deployment in the Port of Barcelona".
MAN Energy Solutions head of four-stroke marine sales Lex Nijsen explained the reasons why these engines were selected for this newbuilding project. “Our propulsion package was chosen because of its compact footprint, fuel-efficient performance and the flexible design approach taken with the SCR layout,” he said.
When built, the new tug will comply with the latest industry standards in air pollution reduction, personnel working space and noise reduction, meeting the CAC(3) and ECO (No- x3) standards.