Remontowa Shipbuilding’s naval tug newbuilding campaign is almost completed with final testing of a sixth vessel in the series in March
These tugs were built for the Polish Navy as the B860 tug programme for towing naval ships and logistics services in the Baltic Sea. The fifth in this series, H-3 Leszko was delivered to the client in February 2021 and the final tug, H -13 Przemko, is conducting harbour acceptance tests this month.
With sufficient ice class to enable them to operate in severe ice conditions accompanied by icebreakers, the tugs will also be available for salvage and emergency support, pollution control and removing hazardous material from the water along the Polish coast.
Other tugs in this series have already been completed – H-12 Semko , H-11 Bolko , H-1 Gniewko and H-2 Mieszko. They all have a bollard pull of around 35 tonnes coming from a pair of Rolls-Royce MTU diesel engines driving two Schottel rudderpropellers. All of these tugs have a contracted displacement of 490 tonnes, the ability to carry loads weighing 4 tonnes and are equipped with towing winches with capacity of up to 35 tonnes.
Remontowa said H -13 Przemko will undertake sea trials in April and will be delivered to the Polish Navy either later that month or in early May.
“These B860 tugboats are intended both for the performance of logistic support tasks at sea and in ports, as well as for activities related to technical evacuation, support for rescue operations, transport of people and supplies, neutralisation of pollutants and taking hazardous materials from water,” Remontowa said.
Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting hull designer Karolina Czmoch confirmed delivery of H-3 Leszko during a sideline discussion at Riviera’s Maritime Hybrid & Electric North America virtual conference, 1-2 March 2021. She said “there was still some more work to do on the last vessel”.
Tug operations, design and construction will be discussed during Riviera’s series of virtual conferences and webinars during 2021 - use this link to access more details and register for these events`