Mar 10, 2023 | Shipbuilding & ship repair news

HaiSea Marine, a joint venture majority owned by the Canadian Haisla Nation in partnership with Seaspan, has officially named and blessed its new harbour tug boat fleet – which includes the world’s first fully electric harbour tug boats, along with dual fuel (LNG and Diesel) escort tugs.

Once delivered, the green fleet will provide ship-assist and escort towing services to LNG carriers calling at LNG Canada’s new export facility in Kitimat in the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation. The naming took place at Sanmar Shipyards in Istanbul.

The HaiSea fleet will include three fully electric tugs. The ElectRA 2800 is a new series of battery electric harbour tugs specifically designed and customised for its innovative propulsion system to meet the unique requirements of assisting LNG carriers on and off the berths at the LNG Canada terminal.  The two dual fuel (LNG and Diesel) tug boats are RAstar 4000-DF escort tugs and with 100 tonnes of bollard pull will be the west coast of Canada’s most powerful escort tugs.

Derek Ollmann, President, Seaspan Marine said: “The naming and blessing ceremonies in Turkey mark a significant milestone for HaiSea Marine as we prepare to launch the world’s first fully electric tug boat. We are proud to reach this milestone together with our partners from Haisla, Gitxaala, and Gitga’at Nations and we look forward to working together for generations to come and delivering on HaiSea’s promise of opportunities for the Haisla people and their coastal First Nations neighbours.”

Ali Gurun, VP Sanmar Shipyards said: “We are delighted to celebrate the HaiSea fleet at Sanmar Shipyards – it is our honour to build HaiSea’s tug boats, which will form the world’s most technologically advanced fleet. This celebration comes at a time our country needs it and we are grateful to the HaiSea team for their ongoing support, especially over the last challenging month for our country.”

Seaspan has a longstanding relationship with Turkey and in respect of the relationship with Sanmar Shipyards, Seaspan Marine and LNG Canada have partnered to provide support for the relief efforts following the earthquake through a donation to the Canadian Red Cross.

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