Cargill and Kotug are partners in the world’s first zero-emission electric push tug and barge

Swiss freight trader Cargill has partnered with Dutch tugboat and shipping company Kotug International to use the world’s first all-electric push boat and barges to transport cocoa beans from the port of Amsterdam.

Equipped with new technology and propulsion systems, the zero-emission ship eliminates harmful emissions including carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). The fully electric push boats and barges are designed to reduce CO2 -Emissions by 190,000 kg per year.

The boats will be powered by green energy from the wind farm that Cargill and Vattenfall operate in cooperation with Windpark Hanze.

Kotug’s zero-emission e-pushers and e-barges will transport cocoa beans to Cargill’s cocoa factory in Zaandam, the Netherlands.

“Cargill is committed to feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. “Electrifying the transportation of our cocoa beans is just one example of how we are implementing new, innovative sustainable practices to reduce our impact on the planet and protect people.” said Emiel van Dijk, Managing Director of Cocoa & Chocolate Europe & West Africa.

“With the launch of the world’s first zero-emission ship of its kind, we aim to inspire other shipping companies, governments and stakeholders to embrace clean energy solutions and make meaningful strides towards meeting global climate goals for the next generation.” Ard-Jan Kooren, President and CEO of KOTUG International added.

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