In 2023, the world’s first all-electric tugboat will be put to sea

Crowley Maritime Corporation has recently revealed their design for eWolf — the world’s first all-electric harbour tugboat, set to hit the water over the next two years.

Maritime transport emits around 940 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). According to Crowley, the electric tugboat’s first ten years of operation will prevent the emission of 178 tons of nitrogen oxide, 2.5 tons of diesel particulate matter, and 3,100 metric tons of CO2, compared to today’s typical tug.

“The eWolf represents everything Crowley stands for: innovation, sustainability and performance. With this groundbreaking tug design, our team continues to embrace our role as leaders in the maritime industry while providing our customers with innovative and sustainable solutions done right,” said company CEO Tom Crowley.

“This vessel will set a standard in the U.S. maritime industry for sustainability and performance, and its zero-emissions capability and autonomous technology will benefit the environment and the safety of mariners and vessels,” said Garret Rice, president of Master Boat Builders, a partner in the project.

Image: Crowley Maritime Corporation

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