Kotug offers pusher tug series with swappable batteries

Written by Nick Blenkey
Kotug's modular and scalable E-Pusher

Kotug's modular and scalable E-Pusher

Under an MoU just signed with Vancouver, B.C., based Swift Clean Energy, Rotterdam-headquartered towage and marine services specialist Kotug International B.V. is to offer swappable batteries as an option on its E-Pusher vessel series.

Shift’s new PwrSwäp clean energy service makes swappable batteries available on a pay-as-you-go basis and the two companies say that the MoU supports the maritime industry in meeting environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives by delivering zero emission shipping and logistics services.

The signing of the MoU coincides with COP26 in Glasgow, where reducing global greenhouse gases (GHGs) is at the top of the agenda. The companies say that the combined services they are offering support the maritime industry in reaching this goal today, without requiring any upfront capital costs and at competitive rates.


Kotug offers a range of modular and scalable electric pusher tugs, powered by swappable energy containers. The innovative design of these E-Pusher tugs has a draft that is 30% less than conventional pusher tug designs and Kotug claims that their modular design offers a 50% faster delivery time and allows it to offer a range of vessels to suit the needs of any waterway.

For smart operations, Kotug will use its advanced dispatching, Kotug OptiPort route and reporting tool. An automated dispatching system based on historical and real-time information will bridge port and terminal information with ship operations.

“The message of COP26 is clear; we have to make changes now, with no time to waste,” said Shift CEO Brent Perry. “Shipping accounts for significant GHG emissions, contributing to climate change, as well as particulates that are unhealthy for communities living near ports and inland waterways. PwrSwäp and E-Pusher bring zero emissions solutions today.”

“Combining our services paves the way for ready to market zero emission solutions.” said Ard-Jan Kooren, president and CEO of Kotug International: Our modular and scalable E-Pusher design is readily available for large scale assembly. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation.”

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