New hybrid workboat for the Hamburg Port Authority

10 September 2021

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) will soon acquire an unusual hybrid workboat, named Chicago, who will be significantly more efficient than its 60-year-old predecessor and also an extremely eco-friendly boat which will tackle most of Hamburg’s underwater levelling work.

With its two electric motors providing two hours of pure electric drive at six knots, Chicago is designed for multi-purpose coastal, estuary and inland waterway operation. Indeed, HPA will use it to maintain water depths and seabed conditions, scouring and levelling, as well as for maintenance work, water depth assessment and towage and materials transport on the nearby estuary and river. 

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