ENGYS’ Italian Subsidiary Participates in TUGA Project to Design Escort Tug

ENGYS’ Italian Subsidiary Participates in TUGA Project to Design Escort Tug
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LONDON, UK, Dec 20, 2018 – ENGYS is delighted to announce the appointment of its Italian subsidiary ENGYS S.r.l. as a partner of TUGA (Escort Tug Gas Propelled), a research and development project focused on marine technologies funded in Italy by the European Regional Development Fund. All the TUGA project activities are considered a top priority for the Regional Operative Program in Fiuli-Venezia Giulia, Objective “Investment for growth and jobs” 2014-2020 or Axis 1 - ”Strengthening research, technological development and innovation”, Action 1.3 – “Support for collaborative R & D activities for the development of new sustainable technologies, new products and services”.




The TUGA project was officially launched on 1 October 2018 with the aim of designing a new tug concept for trial escort operations in shallow water conditions to deliver improved ship maneuverability. The project activities also involve the drafting of a novel propulsion system based on the liquid gas fuel system, which makes the newly designed escort tug concept a cost-effective alternative to the traditional solutions employed at present. In this regard, the layout of the fuel system container will be optimized both in terms of shape and size while meeting all the safety requirements on board.

The escort tug to be designed as part of TUGA will be equipped with a real-time control system software. This software will be able to assess the dynamic equilibrium of the full body during escort trial operations based on the inputs provided by hydrodynamic and propulsions forces calculated using high-fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) methods developed by ENGYS and validated using a set of towing tank experiments.

  1. PROJECT DURATION: 27 months
  2. BUDGET: 937.149,54 €
  3. PARTNER LIST: Marine Engineering Services (Project Coordinator), ENGYSUniversità degli Studi di Trieste


ENGYS develops, supports and delivers best-in-class CFD software solutions based on open-source technologies, offering a variety of expert products and services focused on CFD and MDO. The company’s main software products include HELYX, ELEMENTS, HELYX-OS and several specialized add-on modules for adjoint-based optimization and advanced flow simulations. ENGYS operates globally through a network of offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, USA, Australia, and South Africa, in addition to local distributors in Japan, South Korea, China, USA, and Benelux. For more information, visit https://engys.com.

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