Navtek selects Corvus Energy to power world’s first all-electric tug

Turkish ship designer and builder Navtek Naval Technologies, a subsidiary of TK Tuzla Shipyard, has selected Corvus Energy's Orca energy storage system (ESS) for the world’s first battery-powered, all-electric tugboat.

The Navtek NV-712 ZeeTUG, which stands for Zero Emissions Electric Tug, will be delivered in early 2019 to GISAS Shipbuilding and operate primarily in Istanbul harbor. According to Orkun Özek, Navtek’s vice chairman of the board, "the tug is small and will work in a very narrow and tight environment, which is why we opted for a fully electric, battery-powered propulsion system rather than a hybrid solution”.

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