An EcoTow agreement between Svitzer and an LNG Terminal in the UK will see a five-tug fleet switch from using marine gas oil (MGO) as fuel to hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO).

The agreement has been struck between Svitzer and the LNG Terminal at South Hook, Milford Haven in Wales, where the five tugs service the LNG discharging operation.

Tugs on vegetable oil at South Hook's LNG terminal in Wales

Tugs will run on vegetable oil at South Hook’s LNG terminal in Wales

Svitzer says there will be no modifications to equipment or engines required.

In 2021, the firm announced that it would convert its entire fleet of 10 tugs in the UK to run on biofuel, a solution it called EcoTow and said reduced CO2 emissions by about 90%. The fuel is produced entirely from waste material like cooking oil.

“We are committed to providing sustainable marine services, and delighted to be working with a partner like South Hook LNG Terminal to deliver a more sustainable fleet of towage vessels in Milford Haven,” said Mattias Hellström, European chief commercial officer at Svitzer Europe. “We look forward to continuing working with South Hook to operate vessels that benefit the local port environment through reduced particulate emissions. Running these vessels on HVO also means Svitzer is able to continue cutting carbon emissions across its UK operations.”