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Svitzer tugs to operate on Gorgon project

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Svitzer has taken delivery of the last in a series of four eco-friendly tugs from ASL shipyards in Singapore. The tugs, which have been designed to serve the Chevron-operated Gorgon project LNG marine terminal, are due to commence service on 1 June 2015.

The new fleet consists of four highly manoeuvrable 33m x 13m and 75 t bollard pull, diesel-electric hybrid tugs.

The Gorgon LNG tugs belong to the second generation of Svitzer's Ecotug®, and will operate with electrical deck equipment, low-reflection paint, double wall fuel tanks, solar panel water heating and on-board water recycling.

General Manager (Terminal Towage), Kelvin Yeo, said: "Named after the unique wildlife inhabiting Barrow Island, the Svitzer Euro, Perentie, Boodie and Dugong are world firsts, designed by Svitzer specifically for the Gorgon Project, which is located on a Class A nature reserve.

"As well as Svitzer's proven operational excellence and commitment to the highest safety standards, our environmental credentials helped us secure this new contract.

"Powered by diesel-electric hybrid systems and equipped with technology that reduces noise and light emissions, as well as fuel consumption, our new 'green' tugs are perfectly suited for operations within what is one of Australia's most environmentally sensitive regions."

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