As a key partner in the SKYTUG Design team, ICE recently arranged successful towing tank tests of the proposed catamaran hull. The purpose of the tests was to compare and validate the CFD results, and to observe the overall behaviour of the system and measure forces, angles, and moments.

Pictured here are: Dragos Totolici (centre-left), ICE Department Manager, Initial Design, and James McGarley (centre-right), Managing Director, Bluewater Engineering Limited – the inventors and promoters of the SKYTUG concept – together with towing tank staff.

The SKYTUG Project ( is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) launched in March 2021, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. As part of the CMDC, the Department allocated more than £23 million to 55 projects supported by 208 organisations from across the UK. The Project will initially focus on developing and assessing the feasibility of the key elements of the SKYTUG concept, with a view to approving the design and building of an integrated demonstrator in 2022/23.

The CMDC was announced as part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to position the UK at the forefront of clean maritime technologies and reduce emissions from the sector. The CMDC is supporting the research, design, and development of zero emission vessel and infrastructure solutions to enable clean technologies to commercialise and to accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime sector. The programme is funding projects from across the entire UK, including in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as from the South West to the North East of England. We are proud to be part of a competition that supports UK innovators to achieve Net Zero.

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