Multiple Hours | KOTUG kicks off with zero-emission transport services from Amsterdam to Zaandam

Netherlands-based tug operator KOTUG announced on Wednesday (February 16th) that it will deploy the KOTUG E-Pusher Type M and four barges for the zero-emission transport of Cargill’s cocoa beans between the port of Amsterdam, the largest cocoa import port in the world. , and their cocoa facilities in Zaandam.

The ship is equipped with interchangeable battery energy containers from Shift Clean Energy (Shift), which is part of the ship’s design and will use Shift’s unique battery swap and charging stations.

Cargill will be the first company to have this fully electrified industrial configuration for inland navigation.

With the 100% electric E-Pusher, KOTUG supports companies that want to build more resilient and sustainable supply chains. The modular and scalable electric pusher tug is powered by interchangeable energy containers.

Moreover, thanks to the modular approach and the lean assembly method, KOTUG has cut the construction time by more than half compared to traditional push boats.

The E-Pusher type M can push barges with up to 4,000 tons of cargo. The E-Pusher series consists of three types: Small, Medium and Large, respectively for transportation in city centers, over short distances and on larger inland waterways.

Improve CAPEX and OPEX
By using barges, the E-Pusher concept contributes to more efficient operation compared to traditional vessels. Efficiency is also achieved with SHIFT Clean Solutions’ interchangeable energy container; Changing the container to one of the on-the-go battery hubs is done in minutes. In addition, empty batteries can be recharged at night, taking advantage of any excess energy in the network.

Shift’s PwrSwäp Solutions
Shift provides interchangeable energy containers that use its zero-emission ESS battery systems that range from 70 kWh to 6 MWh. These modular ESS battery systems are charged through the generation of clean energy from (bio)gas, hydrogen and other renewable energy sources, either on board ships or at energy stations. PwrSwäp dedicated to Shift. By interchanging these ESS battery systems, availability is maximized for vessel owners.

Ard-Jan Kooren, President and CEO of KOTUG International“We launched the E-Pusher concept in 2021, and the smaller type, the E-Pusher S (the ‘CityBarge One’), is already successfully deployed in several waterways and cities. I am very proud that an international company like Cargill is our first customer for the Type M E-Pusher. The vessel is designed for transports like these and guarantees zero-emission logistics and widely approved efficiency. As a result, we can help a wide range of industries transform part of their emissions-free supply chain at no additional cost. The applications of the E-Pusher are endless and vary from the transport of (construction) waste to building materials and all kinds of products and packaging.

Paul Hughes, President and Co-Founder of Shift Clean Energy“We are delighted to partner with KOTUG to supply the interchangeable batteries for the revolutionary E-Pusher™ Type M. With our PwrSwäp charging stations along the route, as part of the wider Amsterdam-Rotterdam– Antwerp, we can eliminate any concerns about range anxiety. In our view, overcoming this significant hurdle will open the door to large-scale electrification of ships, and thus zero-emission water transport. Our PwrSwäp charging stations will be multi-fuel and open-access and will provide a significant infrastructure upgrade to ports and cities as they move forward with their emissions reduction programs. This is a great start.”

Alma Prins, Head of Freight and Offshore at the Port of Amsterdam“I applaud these kinds of developments and initiatives. As the largest cocoa import port in the world, many cocoa beans arrive here in Amsterdam. It’s great that these can be transported emission-free between the warehouses at our port and the Cargill factories in Zaandam. We want to move towards a climate neutral port, so the less emissions the better. »

Photo credit: KOTUG
Posted: February 17, 2022

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