Seagate to build hybrid tugboat for Tokuyama area

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has announced that group company Seagate will build a new battery electric tugboat equipped with what it refers to as a hybrid EV propulsion system – the vessel has an electric motor as the main power source, supplied by a large-capacity lithium-ion battery charged by a shoreside power source, and features a generator as an auxiliary power source.

The tugboat will be deployed in the first half of 2025 and will be the first electric vessel to operate in the Tokuyama area of Japan. K Line also announced plans to make the ship even more environmentally friendly by replacing the fuel used for the generator with a zero-emission energy source.

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire and Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence, and the Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International Awards.

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