Crowley takes delivery of first fully electric tug in U.S.

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— Crowley has accepted delivery of eWolf, the first all-electric ship-assist harbor tugboat in the U.S. The vessel, which was designed by Crowley’s engineering services team, will operate with zero emissions while providing the complete performance capabilities of a traditional tug.

Constructed by Master Boat Builders in Coden, Ala., eWolf represents a historic innovation through a collaboration among Crowley, federal, state and local government partners. They share a commitment to improve air quality through battery energy for the vessel and port technology, including a shoreside microgrid charging and storage station at the Port of San Diego.

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“The eWolf will provide services through its advanced vessel control technology and first-in-class energy features, while providing the safety, quality and reliability that Crowley and our mariners are known for,” said James Fowler, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley Shipping. “We are thrilled to reach this important achievement for our company and the U.S. maritime industry through the collaboration with our partners.”

The tug will generate 178 tons less nitrogen oxide (NOx), 2.5 tons less diesel particulate matter and 3,100 metric tons less carbon dioxide (CO2) over the first 10 years of its operations – the equivalent of removing 350,000 gallons of gas from use, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculations. The vessel uses ABB’s innovative integrated electrical propulsion system.

“The eWolf demonstrates where the maritime industry can go, in terms of both innovation and sustainability, with solid partnerships between owners, designers, suppliers and shipyards,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders. “We are proud to have partnered with Crowley in the construction of the eWolf and look forward to seeing her at work in San Diego very soon.”

After transport and final demonstration trials, the 82-foot harbor tug will operate at the Port of San Diego upon completion of Crowley’s microgrid shoreside charging station. Harbor operations are expected to begin in spring 2024. Project partners include the port, San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the EPA and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd).

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By Professional Mariner Staff