Super-Clean Diesel Fuel on test on “Smit Elbe” Harbour Tug

By Peter Pospiech at January 09, 2014 04:00
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, LNG fuel

SMIT, a member of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., says that their harbor tug “Smit Elbe”, which works in the Port of Rotterdam, has become the first tugboat in the Netherlands which runs with GTL (Gas-to-Liquid).

GTL fuel is a synthetic fuel, produced from natural gas by chemical transformation. GTL fuel is clean: it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and does not contain nitrogen or sulfur.

GTL Diesel is pollution free with no sulfur, aromatics, or toxic ingredients -- so pure that one can even drink it; simply hydrogen and carbon.

Blending just 20 percent GTL diesel with conventional diesel results in a fuel that exceeds nearly all international environmental standards for 2015.


The tug will run on GTL for about six months to determine whether the fuel is able to effect a remarkable reduction in emissions without the engines being adapted.

The drive line of the tug consist of two fixed pitch ASD propellers driven by two Caterpillar 3516B TA HD/C engines, each delivering 1.839 kW. Emission control on-board will be carried out on a regular basis. 

Smit Elbe has been put in service in 2007 and feature class notation: BV +Hull + MACH Tug, Unrestricted Navigation + AUT UMS. Tugs bollard pull is of 57 to.


Image: courtesy of Smit Tug

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