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Ports of Auckland pens deal to secure world's first electric tugboat

Ports of Auckland has signed a deal with a Dutch company to buy the world's first full-size fully electric tugboat which is expected to save the company $12 million in operating costs.

The six-metre tug, designed and manufactured by Damen Shipyards, will be delivered in 2021. The Damen RSD-E Tug 2513 model will have a 70 tonne bollard pull - the same as the port's current diesel tug boat Hauraki, also built by Damen.

Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson said the planned purchase was part of the company's plan to being zero emission by 2040.

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