Modelling by french software firm Dassault Systèmes is said to have shown that it would be possible to tow a 7M.t iceberg from the polar ice-caps to a country suffering water scarcity, using just one tug boat.
One tug with 130t traction would be sufficient to tow a 7M.t tabular iceberg, Dassault Systèmes has said. The project relies on the principle of assisted drifting.
“It is pointless for the iceberg convoy to try and take on natural forces if these are too overpowering. It only leads to increased fuel consumption,” said Dassault Systèmes project director Cédric Simard.
However, two or three tugs would be needed in the departure and arrival phases of the operation, where accurate maneuvering is more important.
Dassault Systèmes has been at the forefront of a project to test the viability of towing icebergs across the ocean, which is the brainchild of French engineer Georges Mougin.