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ENAP and SAAM to operate first electric tugboat in Latin America

Image: SAAM Render of electric tug
Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (ENAP) and SAAM Towage, have signed a service agreement that will make Chile the first country in Latin America with an electric tugboat.

The vessel will operate in Puerto Chacabuco, Aysén region, one of the world’s southernmost terminals. It will provide GHG emissions-free berthing and unberthing services for vessels and significantly reduce environmental and underwater noise.

The new tug is expected to begin operating in Chile within the next 18 months.           

 “ENAP’s access to this service, which is unprecedented in Latin America, will allow it to reduce operating emissions, which supports Chile’s commitment to move towards carbon neutrality by 2050 or earlier,” said Chile’s Minister of Energy, Diego Pardow. 

“Implementing this new technology in our processes supports our company’s goal of being more sustainable every day and advancing towards decarbonisation,” commented ENAP CEO Julio Friedmann. 

SAAM Chief Executive Officer Macario Valdés, “This service agreement is crucial to addressing the shared challenge of climate change through concrete emissions-reduction actions.

“SAAM aspires to become a global leader in the tugboat industry. This type of pioneering technology provides innovative solutions for our customers and enables us to continue providing safe, efficient services as we move towards more sustainable operations.”


TAGS: Ports Americas