Svitzer and South Hook Enter EcoTow Agreement to Reduce Tug Fleet Emissions

10th Jul 23


Svitzer, a leading global towage provider and part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, has today announced an EcoTow agreement to fuel a fleet of five tugs dedicated to the South Hook LNG Terminal in Milford Haven, with hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO), a low-carbon fuel. The switch from fuelling tugs with marine gas oil (MGO) to HVO will reduce CO2 emissions, whilst maintaining a safe and reliable service for South Hook LNG and its customers.

The long-term deal which requires no modifications to equipment or engines, will see a significant reduction in CO2 emissions from the five tugs servicing the LNG discharging at South Hook. 

South Hook LNG Terminal is the first terminal at the Port of Milford Haven to switch its towage contract to low carbon fuels, taking advantage of Svitzer’s EcoTow solution.

Commenting on the long-term agreement with South Hook, Mattias Hellström, European Chief Commercial Officer, Svitzer Europe, said: 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. 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.”

In 2022, the switch from MGO to HVO in Svitzer’s UK fleet prevented more than 21,000 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere. With the HVO conversion of the fleet dedicated to the service of South Hook LNG, there are only a few tugs left to be converted to complete the conversion of Svitzer’s entire UK fleet to low carbon fuels.