European yards benefit from tug projects
Vittoria Shipyard is preparing to deliver a harbour tug from its Italian shipyard in April for Skikda Harbour Authority, Algeria. It launched C869 tug in December 2017, marking the return of tug newbuilding to its Adria facility.
This 26 m azimuth stern drive tug will be used for towage and escort activities along the North African coast and in the port of Skikda. It was ordered by the Algerian Ministry of Transport in December 2016 and is classed by Bureau Veritas.
It has a full load displacement of around 500 tonnes and bollard pull capacity of 30 tonnes. Its pair of azimuthing thrusters are driven by two medium-speed diesel engines. Vittoria Shipyard is also building a 32 m tug for the Russian Navy for towing nuclear submarines that have been decommissioned to a site for scrapping.
Remontowa Shipbuilding in Gdansk, Poland, has won a contract to build two multipurpose vessels with towing capabilities for the country’s Szczecin Maritime Authority. These vessels will be used for maintaining and renewing waterways signage, including buoys, along with hydrographic tasks and emergency response, which could include fire-fighting, oil recovery and towage. They will replace two 1982-built buoy tenders that are currently operating at the port.