T&T welcomes first low exhaust tug

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T&T welcomes first low exhaust tug

Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Stuart Young, on Tuesday joined state-owned National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (National Energy) to officially welcome Trinidad and Tobago’s first low exhaust tug to the Company’s vessel fleet.  

A Vessel Commissioning Ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency and was attended by stakeholders from the maritime and energy sectors.

According to a statement from the Ministry, the new 60-ton bollard-pull tug, named National Energy Resilience, is IMO Tier III-certified with technologies that reduce its nitrous oxides emissions by 80% – making it the “cleanest” tug operating in Trinidad and Tobago, and at this time, the 2nd in the region. 

National Energy Chairman, Dr Joseph Khan, stated that the “National Energy Resilience is different from any other tug in our fleet. It is International Marine Organisation (IMO) Tier III-certified. This standard was designed to improve air quality and protect public health by controlling emissions from ships and vessels. We are therefore delighted to say that the National Energy Resilience uses technologies that reduces its nitrous oxides emissions by 80%. This is a significant reduction in emissions of a greenhouse gas that is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide.”  

In delivering the feature address, Minister Young stated: “While I regularly, and openly, repeat the importance of natural gas in the energy transition, I want to reassure the people of Trinidad and Tobago, that this Government, is also fully committed to climate action through the reduction of our country’s greenhouse gas emissions.”  

The National Energy Resilience has secured all documentation required to operate and is now available for immediate hire.