Framework: POR FESR 2014 2020

Capacity: 937.149,54 €

ISD Lab Capacity: 210.035,26 €

Duration: October 2018 - January 2021

Chief Science Officer: Alberto Marinò

Partners: Marine Engineering Services S.r.l., Engys S.r.l.

Subject: Maritime technologies, Green Technologies, Escort Tug, LNG propulsion


University of Trieste, is partner of TUGA (Escort Tug Gas Propelled), a research and development project in the field of maritime technologies. The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and in the framework of Regional Operational Program (2014-2020), Investments to support Growth and Employment Objective 2014-2020, Axis 1 - "Strengthening research, technological development and innovation", Action 1.3 - "Support of collaborative R&D activities for the development of new sustainable technologies, products and services ".

The project TUGA started on 1st October 2018 and it focuses on the study and design of an escort tug able to support ship’s navigation operations and improve the maneuvering in restricted waters. TUGA will design a small-size unit integrated with a liquefied gas propulsion system aimed to increase the competitiveness when compared to the traditional propulsion systems currently in use. Moreover, the research project will study the correct arrangement of the fuel containment system and optimize the geometries taking care of the safety requirements. A code for the determination of the dynamic equilibrium in escort operations will be developed together with a software for the simulation of the rigid motion of tugs subject to hydrodynamic, pulling and propulsive forces. The results will be validated in a relevant environment with experimental tests in the ship model basin.


Integrated Ship Design Laboratory

University of Trieste
Department of Engineering and Architecture

Via Alfonso Valerio 10, 34127 Trieste, Italy

Building C5 (second floor)

+39 040 558 3462

Chief Science Officer: Alberto Marinò

Director: Vittorio Bucci