Port of San Diego to test first electric tug at Tenth Avenue terminal


A rendering of the electric tug “eWolf”. Courtesy of Crowley Maritime

The Port of San Diego on Monday announced plans to test the first electric tug at the Tenth Avenue marine terminal.

The 82-foot-long “eWolf” designed by Crowley Maritime, based in Jacksonville, Florida, will be built at a shipyard in Alabama and is expected to be operational in 2023.

“Crowley’s first electric tug is a game-changer. It ticks all the boxes by delivering environmental, economic and operational benefits to our communities and the marine industry, ”said Port President Michael Zucchet.

“We are proud to work with Crowley and we couldn’t be happier than the eWolf will operate exclusively on San Diego Bay, ”he said.

The innovative new tug will have a pulling and towing power of 70 tonnes. It will replace a diesel-powered vessel that uses 30,000 gallons of fuel per year.

“With this revolutionary tug design, our team continues to fulfill our leadership role in the marine industry while providing our customers with innovative and sustainable solutions well made,” said Tom Crowley, President and CEO of the company. who designs the tug.

The project is a partnership involving the Port, Crowley, the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, the California Air Resources Board, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Maritime Administration.

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