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EverWind and Maersk’s Svitzer to Develop Canada’s First Green Fuel Tug

Canada's first green fueled tug
Svitzer will operate what could become Canada's first green fueled commercial tug (Svitzer)

Published Sep 29, 2022 6:36 PM by The Maritime Executive

Efforts are underway to develop and operate Canada’s first green fuel powered commercial tugs. EverWind Fuels, a private developer of green hydrogen and ammonia production in Nova Scotia, and Svitzer, a leading global towage operator and part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, agreed to deploy one of the world’s first green fuel powered commercial tug vessels in the Canso Strait in Nova Scotia.

Under the MOU, EverWind will provide green fuel from its green hydrogen and ammonia production facility in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia, in addition to the required infrastructure at its marine terminal to allow for green fuel storage and fueling. Svitzer will be responsible for deploying the tug either by retrofitting an existing vessel or purchasing the tug which will be operated at EverWind’s Point Tupper facility.

EverWind’s Point Tupper site is in advanced stages of development and is expected to reach commercial operation in 2025 providing the first green hydrogen production in Atlantic Canada. By 2026, the company estimates a production volume of approximately one million tonnes of green ammonia. The company is also part of the recently announced hydrogen alliance between Canada and Germany.

“In addition to serving green ammonia export demand, we are focused on immediate and local opportunities to apply our green hydrogen production to Nova Scotia’s net-zero journey. Advancing marine applications of green fuels and developing local fueling infrastructure in the Canso Strait region is an exciting step,” said Trent Vichie, CEO of EverWind.

The project to deploy the first green fuel tug is part of Svitzer’s overall commitment to achieving carbon neutrality for its operations by 2040. The work has already begun to progress towards the first phase of the strategy, which is to reduce the CO2 intensity of the entire Svitzer fleet by 50 percent by 2030. Among the initiatives is a program incentivizing captains and crews to operate tugs at eight knots which optimizes their efficiency when traveling between their home port and assignments. Svitzer is also currently in the design phase for a hybrid tug using a methanol fuel cell in combination with batteries and methanol-fueled engines. 

The company highlights the need to develop the supporting infrastructure for future operations. The agreement with EverWind is seen as a demonstration to develop the basis for future operations.