Workboat with Elco electrical engine receives honor

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Tender 4, the first electrically powered workboat in the New York State Canal System, was selected as one of the Significant Boats of 2014 by WorkBoat Magazine for advances in technology and design.

The vessel was repowered earlier this year with twin Elco EP-10000 electric motors through a project conducted by the New York State Canal Corp.; the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; the New York State Department of Transportation; New West Technologies; and Elco Motor Yachts.

The owners, designers and builders of the Significant Boats of 2014 were recognized earlier this month during the 2014 International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans.

WorkBoat Magazine’s Significant Boats of 2014 are selected annually by the publication’s editors to honor 10 vessels that deserve special recognition. The boats are selected for technological and design advances, and criteria such as speed and style.

“We’re proud to support this project that introduced electric propulsion to the Canal Corporation’s fleet of workboats,” Elco CEO Steve Lamando said in a statement. “We hope this recognition from WorkBoat Magazine will encourage other organizations to explore the opportunities alternative energy offers the marine industry. Electric motors not only provide an economic benefit through reducing fuel costs, but also help reduce air and water pollution while providing a viable power source for heavy workloads.”

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