First zero emissions mooring service for tanker with electric tugs

Apr 02 2024

World's first zero-emissions mooring service of a tanker

Consulmar has achieved a remarkable milestone by successfully executing the world's first zero-emissions mooring service for a tanker. This groundbreaking operation took place at an offshore multiple buoy mooring site near the BP refinery, situated 2 miles
from the Port of Castellón in Spain. Utilizing its electric line handling tug, CASTALIA, Consulmar towed the steel mooring lines from the vessel to each of the five mooring buoys, marking a significant advancement in the maritime industry towards more sustainable practices.
The tanker vessel ARCHANGEL, with 274 meters in length and 85,474 Gross Tonnage, was moored using the 3-ton pulling capacity of the mooring boat CASTALIA, which operates on full electric propulsion. Equipped with two 150 kW engines and a lithium battery capacity of 485 kWh, CASTALIA ensures operational autonomy of up to 8 hours, providing an efficient and non-polluting solution for mooring operations.
In addition to mooring, the multipurpose CASTALIA, measuring 12.50 meters in length and 5 meters in beam, plays a crucial role in various port activities, including collecting MARPOL liquid and solid waste, transporting personnel and provisions, and oil spill
response services. It is estimated that CASTALIA will allow Consulmar to reduce annually more than 200 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, ensuring minimal adverse environmental impact during its port operations.
This achievement marks a significant step in Consulmar's commitment to the decarbonization of its activities. As part of this comprehensive project in the Port of Castellón, the company is also using electricity generated from its photovoltaic installation to power both its boats and electric vehicles in its fleet, contributing to a sustainable transition towards cleaner energy sources and reducing its carbon footprint.

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