Tugboat firm trying Electric Vessels at Neptune Terminal in Vancouver

Oct. 17, 2022
Robert Allan has designed the electric tugboats, which will be built at the Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey

Mining firm Teck Resources has signed an agreement with tugboat-operator SAAM Towage to use two ElectRA 2300 SX tugs at the Neptune Terminal in Vancouver, British Columbia, starting from the second half of 2023.

The two ElectRA 2300 SX tugs are expected to eliminate more than 2,400 tonnes of GHG emissions annually and reduce underwater noise.

“Working with SAAM Towage to further reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation of our products is another step forward in achieving our climate goals and contributing to global climate action,” said Jonathan Price, CEO, Teck. “Collaborating with transportation providers to develop green transportation corridors is part of our climate action strategy and supports our goal of net zero emissions by 2050.”

Robert Allan has designed the electric tugboats, which will be built at the Sanmar Shipyards in Turkey.

Teck intends to reduce emissions across its supply chain and reduce shipping emissions intensity by 40% by 2030.

Earlier efforts made by Teck include an agreement with Oldendorff Carriers to use energy efficient bulk carriers for steelmaking coal shipments from the Port of Vancouver and a pilot of a fully electric on-highway transport truck to transport copper concentrate between the Highland Valley Copper Operations and a rail-loading facility in Ashcroft, B.C.