RAL to design methanol hybrid fuel cell tug for Svitzer

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Svitzer and Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL) have entered into an agreement to design the world’s first methanol hybrid fuel cell tug.

Utilizing a combination of batteries, fuel cells and gensets, this tug will operate completely free of diesel fuel and is a major step forward on Svitzer’s path to the decarbonization of its global towage fleet.

Scheduled to enter service at the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden, in the second half of 2025, this new tug is an important step toward allowing the port to achieve its goal of reducing emissions in the port area by 70 percent by 2030.

“The design team is eager to get started and we are looking forward to collaborating with suppliers to select the equipment and support our design efforts,” RAL said in a news release.

Jim Hyslop, left, director of project development for Robert Allan Ltd., and Kasper Karlsen, chief operating officer for Svitzer. Robert Allan Ltd. photo
By Professional Mariner Staff