Emirates Classification Society (TASNEEF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Drydocks World and Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the leading provider of services to the shipping, maritime, oil, gas and energy sector, aiming at providing classification services to the world’s first LNG-powered harbour tug carrying the trade mark ‘Elemarateyah’.
The tug will have a dual engine capable of operating with both traditional MDO and LNG. This represents a major breakthrough for green technology. The initiative is part of the Dubai Maritime Green Initiative, a strategic movement to encourage all-round environmental excellence in maritime and allied sectors including oil, gas and energy.
Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World, said that the collaboration with TASNEEF representsed clear evidence of the effort exerted by Drydocks World to further upgrade the UAE standards and specifications in the naval and maritime sectors, making it a source for the best global practices in providing pioneering maritime services and a focal point for international recognition.
He emphasised Drydocks World’s support for efforts that aim towards building a high-performing, dynamic maritime sector that is capable of further developing the national economy, embodying the exemplary vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Buamim indicated that Drydocks World is heavily investing in quality control management systems to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its naval and maritime services, making it a source of innovation that will build the future of maritime industries on both local and regional levels.
“Drydocks World is adopting a quality-based strategy; since quality is considered one of the most critical pillars in global competition, it is the reason behind our reputation in complying with strict quality control standards and regulations; thereby making quality the guarantee for unremitting international success to the extent that our name has become synonymous for superior quality and excellence,” he said.
According to Eng. Rashid Al-Hebsi, CEO of Tasneef, “TASNEEF’s priorities are the preservation of life and marine property, the protection of the marine environment through the issuance of norms and standards and applying them, and the issuance of confirming certificates. It also aims to obtain necessary local and regional recognition, and seeks to consolidate its position as one of the recognized authorities in the field of classification and certification.”
Saif Al-Rashidi, Fleet Support Manager at TASNEEF, noted that the LNG efficiency comparison is clearly better than MDO fuel as the energy content of LNG is almost double than that of MDO and is almost half the price.
“We always encourage building green technologies. The environmental and economic advantages of using LNG as a marine propulsion fuel are immeasurable. Use of LNG will reduce emissions of NOx and CO2 by approximately 85% and 25% respectively. Our combined initiative with leaders in their respective fields aims to implement LNG technology at our yard and develop appropriate facilities thereby encouraging the commercial use of the technology,” he stated.
Al-Rashidi then explained that the initial working stages for the harbor tug will start by approving the design, steel cut, installation, and then the fitting supervision before the delivery. “All these stages will be carried out as per TASNEEF technical rules and in according to the international standards required by IMO also to the National requirement of UAE Flag administration. Also after delivery, TASNEEF will conduct periodical surveys to ensure that vessel, its components and machinery are in compliance of classification rules, international regulations and UAE flag statutory requirements.”
He added that Drydocks World has also entered into an MoU with Wärtsilä for building the world’s first LNG-powered harbor tug. Lars Anderson, Vice President, 4–stroke Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power said that “Wärtsilä and Drydocks World share the same mission of providing environmental friendly solutions to the marine industry. Our years of experience and technology leadership provide a strong basis of support to Drydocks World as they strive to maintain a safe and clean operating environment. At Wärtsilä we optimise a vessel’s efficiency starting from initial design, power and propulsion systems and the integrated automation system.”
Anderson also added that by signing the MoU, Wärtsilä will be able to enhance further its cooperation with Drydocks World ensuring delivery of modern and efficient ships complying with the present legislations and the ones to come.
Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe
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