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Damen launches its first hybrid tug

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The inaugural ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid. Click to enlarge.

Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards has launched its first hybrid tug—the ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid; Iskes Towage & Salvage will be the launching customer. The signing ceremony took place at the Offshore Energy conference in Amsterdam. The Dutch shipyard group is building hybrid tugs for stock; the second hybrid vessel will be available from stock end-2013.

Depending on the operating profile of a tug, the ASD 2810 Hybrid, which has a combination of diesel-direct and diesel-electric propulsion, facilitates average fuel savings of between 10% and 30% and cuts local emissions by 20 to 60%. The vessel has a bollard pull of 60 tonnes. Established in 1928, Iskes, which is based in IJmuiden near Amsterdam, has been operating a conventional Damen ASD Tug 2810 since November 2011.

In the past many green solutions were simply too expensive for the tugboat market. We were very mindful that this vessel had to cut fuel and emissions, but at the same time it had to be positioned at an attractive price for the market. We wanted to make being green commercially attractive too. The investment in the Hybrid version is higher but not excessively so. The Hybrid represents an extra investment of approximately 10% more than the regular ASD Tug 2810.

—Erik van Schaik, Design & Proposal Engineer, Damen Tugs

Earlier this year, the three-year E3-project was completed in which Damen and its partners had monitored a conventional ASD Tug 2810 operating in the port of Rotterdam. The partners wanted to gather data on a typical harbor tug profile and see what was possible in terms of emissions and fuel cuts.

During the monitoring campaign the E3 team found that the average load profile showed that tugs are running inefficiently for most of the time. For up to 80% of the day they can be free sailing, station keeping, running idle essentially, and in turn, this makes them less environmentally friendly and leads to higher operational costs.

The diesel electric propulsion system in the ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid delivers enough power to prevent the main engines of the diesel direct propulsion system from running idle frequently or at low loads.

Technology. Damen wanted to use tried and tested technology for the ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid. One additional clutch has been added to the vessel and a 230 kW water-cooled electric propulsion engine between each main engine and the rudder propeller. One fire-fighting/generator set is installed to feed the electric propulsion engines or to drive the 1200 m3/hr fire-fighting pump. The generator/fire-fighting set engine is fitted with an exhaust gas after-treatment system consisting of a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) and a half open, Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).

The fire-fighting/generator set engine can deliver 695 kW at 1800 rpm and is fully compliant with the IMO Tier 3 regulations being introduced in 2016. Iskes says that actually the operator expects to be utilizing the IMO Tier 3 compliant engine 90% of the time. Each main engine has a maximum power of 1840 kW at 1600 rpm and is IMO Tier 2 compliant.

Operating modes. The captain can choose one of the following operating modes from the wheelhouse and then the Hybrid Control Unit manages everything automatically.

  • Stand-by mode (only in combination with the optional battery pack). All diesel engines will shut down and the battery pack feeds the normal electric system and the electric propulsion engines that are driving the rudder propellers. When the battery pack becomes empty the system will switch to free sailing mode automatically and the battery pack will be charged. The stand-by mode can be used for station keeping, maneuvering and free sailing at speeds of up to 5 knots.

  • Free sailing mode. The generator/fire-fighting set starts and feeds the electric propulsion engines that are driving the rudder propellers. The main engines are not running and the auxiliary generator set is feeding the normal electric system. The free sailing mode can be used for station keeping, maneuvering and free sailing at speeds of up to 8 knots.

  • Towing mode. Main engines start and drive the rudder propellers. The generator/fire-fighting set is not running and the auxiliary generator set is feeding the normal electric system. The towing mode has to be used during push/pull operations and free sailing of up to 13 knots.

  • Fire-fighting mode. The fire-fighting mode has to be used during fire-fighting operations. Main engines start and drive the rudder propellers. Generator/fire- fighting set starts and drives the fire-fighting pump. The auxiliary generator set is feeding the normal electric system.

Battery option. As an option, Damen is also offering a battery pack whereby it is possible to shut down all the engines during station keeping, maneuvering and free sailing at low speeds. Battery packs of 100 kWh each are likely to be provided, which allow the vessel to sail up to 5 knots. The Iskes Hybrid will be incorporating batteries.

A 100kWh battery allows the vessel to be alongside the quay for eight hours and sail for an hour. And this represents a 10 to 15% fuel saving. Batteries make it much more comfortable for the crew because when they are asleep, energy is coming from the batteries so there is no noise or emissions.

—Iskes owner and Managing Director Jim Iskes

Solar panels. Solar panels are added to the deckhouse on the Damen standard version and these are used to charge the 24V battery packs for starting the engines and emergency power for navigation lighting and radio equipment. Other green initiatives on the vessel include LED lighting, and a special paint coating, making the vessel more environmentally friendly and clean for at least five years.

Customization of the Iskes ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid for Anchor Handling includes double drum winches fore and aft, wooden decks and an open stern with towing pins and chain stopper forks.


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