Nice Moves – Hybrid Tug RT Evolution Shows Its Stuff During Escort Trials

Mike Schuler
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May 28, 2015

Check out this video of escort trials for KOTUG’s new hybrid tug, RT Evolution.

Built by Damen Shipyards, RT Evolution is 32-meter hybrid next-generation ART80-32 Rotortug designed by Rotortug B.V. in the Netherlands and Robert Allan Ltd in Canada.

The tug is one of three hybrid Rotortugs operated by Netherlands-based KOTUG. RT Evolution will operated in the Port of Rotterdam alongside RT Adriaan, a 2010-built Rotortug that was converted to hybrid propulsion in 2012. RT Emotion, of the same ART80-32 design, recently commenced towage activities in the German port of Bremerhaven.

The three vessels are part of the E-KOTUG series, producing 50% less harmful emissions, significant noise reduction, cleaner combustion and substantial maintenance savings thanks to improved fuel economy. The Rotortug’s hybrid capacity is generated by three electric motors, complemented by a battery pack and managed by an intelligent XeroPoint Hybrid Propulsion System.

RT Evolution’s three Caterpillar 3512 C engines produce a total of 7,150 horsepower and 80+ tons of bollard pull.

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