As part of a fleet renewal campaign, the Polish Navy is halfway through a tug newbuilding campaign
It contracted Remontowa Shipbuilding to construct six new multipurpose tugboats to handle its naval ships. Of these, three have been completed and are ready for service. By the middle of June, the third of these tugs, Mieszko, had passed sea acceptance tests and was handed over to the Polish Navy.
The first two B860 tugs, Bolko and Gniewko, entered service during Q1 2020. Three more are well on the way to being launched and commissioned.
These tugs will provide towage to naval ships, logistics services and will also be available for salvage and emergency support, pollution control and removing hazardous material from the water along the Polish coast and in the Baltic Sea.
These naval tugs each have a contract displacement of 490 tonnes with the capacity to carry 4 tonnes of cargo and have sufficient ice class to enable them to operate in severe ice conditions accompanied by icebreakers. Bollard pull of around 35 tonnes comes from a pair of Rolls-Royce MTU diesel engines driving two Schottel rudderpropellers.
All of these six B860 tugboats will be built and tested to the requirements of the Polish Register of Shipping.
Remontowa Shipbuilding is completing outfitting and commissioning of the fourth tug, Semko, which is expected to be delivered early in Q3 2020.
This shipbuilder launched the fifth tugboat, Leszko, in early June. The final tug of this six-vessel order, Przemko, is being prepared for launch.
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