Statoil Employs Natural Gas Tugs
Statoil to Use Vessels Running on Natural Gas for Eco-Friendly Operations.
Statoil has awarded Buksér og Berging a contract for two escort tugboats to service the Kårstø processing plant on behalf of operator Gassco. The deal secures Kårstø new tugboat capacity with innovative technology for more environment-friendly operations. The two escort tugboats will assist the ships calling at Kårstø. Fitted with the latest technology available, both tugboats will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), thereby ensuring more environmentally friendly operation. "These are likely to be the first tugboats in the world to run purely on natural gas. Equipped with first-class oil protection equipment, these tugboats will contribute to safe and efficient manoeuvring of the around 600 ships calling at Kårstø every year", says Åge Opheim, head of the Kårstø gas processing plant. Available material includes general views.