Singapore marine technology company SeaTech Solutions International has teamed up with Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineering to design and build India’s first electric tug.

The E-VOLT 50 project is described by the partners as a “groundbreaking initiative poised to revolutionise India’s tugboat industry by curbing carbon emissions, enhancing operational efficiency and establishing new benchmarks for performance and environmental sustainability”.

The memorandum of understanding signed by the partners calls for the vessel to be designed by SeaTech Solutions and built by Garden Reach. Other partners involved are the American Bureau of Shipping and Shift Energy.

“E-VOLT 50 is a bold step towards a cleaner and greener future for the maritime sector. By utilising sustainable energy solutions and cutting-edge technology, we aim to redefine the standards of performance, efficiency and environmental stewardship,” said PR Hari, managing director of India’s Garden Reach.

SeaTech Solutions vice-president of technology Prabjot Chopra said the E-VOLT 50 will pave the way for India’s green port operations.

SeaTech Solutions is a part of the Goal Zero Consortium that together with Yinson GreenTech has just launched Singapore’s first electric cargo vessel.

The Hydromover is a lightweight, 18.5-metre vessel that is designed with swappable battery solutions and can carry up to 25 tonnes of cargo. It is said to generate zero emissions and can potentially reduce operational costs by 50% compared with conventional vessels due to improved energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs.