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New tug starts work off North Africa

Tue 12 Jun 2018 by Martyn Wingrove

New tug starts work off North Africa
Cap de Fer supports ships entering and departing the port of Skikda, Algeria

Italian shipbuilder Vittoria Shipyard has delivered a harbour towage tug to the port authority of Skikda in Algeria. This 7M (US$8M) vessel, Cap de Fer, was ordered in December 2016 by the Algerian Transport Ministry.

Cap de Fer will escort vessels along the Algerian coast and manoeuvre them into port in the service of Entreprise Portuaire de Skikda. It is a 26 m azimuthing stern drive tug with a bollard pull of more than 40 tonnes and a top speed of 12 knots.

It has a width of 10 m, draught of 3.8 m and displacement of almost 500 tonnes. Cap de Fer is classified by Bureau Veritas and has two semi-fast diesel engines that can develop 2,460 kW of power.

Vittoria has also been building an azimuthing stern drive tug with similar performance for the Russian Navy. This is due to be delivered in Q3 2018 and will be used to support the dismantling of nuclear submarines in Russia.

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