LeanShips Project

MEGA will be part of the LeanShips Project, which is funded by the H2020 Work Progamme of the European Union. The project’s goal is to develop green technologies and get them to market.

This demonstrator case will provide a prototype harbour tug, namely the Reverse Stern Drive (RSD) 2513 CNG, which is powered by compressed natural gas. At the moment there are four tugs operating on liquefied natural gas worldwide. These tugs use medium-speed engines, which are big, heavy and expensive.


The demonstrator would use high-speed engines, provided by MTU, to directly drive the thrusters. This leads to a powerful, compact, cost-efficient ship, compared to the existing LNG-fuelled tugs. It will be the first use of high-speed gas engines in a maritime application in this power range.

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