An escort tug has been launched that will boost ship manoeuvring capabilities in a key Mediterranean port.
Shipbuilder Med Marine is constructing a 30-m azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug for Rimorchiatori Riuniti group subsidiary Tug Malta. This was launched from Med Marine’s Ereğli Shipyard on 30 January 2019 and will be delivered to Tug Malta in April 2019.
This is built to RINA class and a Robert Allan RAstar 3000-W design with enhanced escort towing and seakeeping performance. It will have a free sailing speed of 13 knots and 80 tonnes of bollard pull.
This tug will have twin MTU 4000M65L engines with 16V, which each develop a total output of 2,560 kW. These will drive two Rolls-Royce US 255 P30 fixed pitch thrusters with 280 cm diameter and carbon fibre shafts.
Rolls-Royce is also supplying the heavy duty escort towing winch and mooring capstan, while Data Hidrolik is supplying the electric driven capstan and towing hook.
It will have an overall breadth of 13.3 m and hull depth of 5.45 m with tank capacity for 203.4 m3 of fuel oil and 18.4 m3 of fresh water. It will have accommodation for eight people and a FiFi1 fire-fighting system.