Completed escort tug Vittoriosa will boost ship manoeuvring capabilities in a key Mediterranean port
Shipping will get a manoeuvring boost in a strategically important port in the Mediterranean Sea in Q2 2019 when a strong escort tug newbuilding is delivered to a regional tug-owning powerhouse.
Med Marine’s shipyard in Turkey has completed one of the most powerful tugs to be brought into service in the Mediterranean Sea. It has built Vittoriosa at its Ereğli Shipyard in Turkey for Rimorchiatori Riuniti group subsidiary Tug Malta.
Vittoriosa will be used for handling, escorting and manoeuvring ships using Maltese ports from early May. This azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug was launched from Med Marine’s shipyard on 30 January 2019. It was then fully outfitted and commissioned and completed sea trials in early April, ready for delivery at the end of that month.
Med Marine built Vittoriosa to a wide Robert Allan design and to RINA class. It is a RAstar 3000-W design tug with an overall length of 30 m, a beam of 13.3 m and hull depth of 5.45 m.
During sea trials, Vittoriosa achieved a bollard pull of up to 80 tonnes and a free sailing speed of 13.0 knots. The hullform was designed for high seakeeping performance. The wider beam, compared to 11-12 m of other tug designs, improves its stability during escort and port operations.
Vittoriosa’s engineroom systems and deck machinery were designed for enhanced escort towing. This ASD tug has twin MTU 4000 series M65L engines with 16 valves, each developing a power output of 2,560 kW. These drive two Rolls-Royce US 255 P30 fixed pitch thrusters with 280 cm diameter and carbon fibre shafts.
Rolls-Royce has also supplied the heavy-duty escort towing winch and mooring capstan, while Data Hidrolik is supplying the electric-driven capstan and towing hook.
Vittoriosa is classed for unrestricted navigation and for crew comfort. Its tanks will hold 203.4 m3 of fuel oil and 18.4 m3 of fresh water. Vittoriosa has accommodation for eight crew members and the ability to conduct inland water surveys. It has been equipped to provide emergency response and salvage operations. Vittoriosa has a FiFi1 fire-fighting system.
Also in Q1, Med Marine sold escort-rated ASD tug Caño Cristales to Colombian towage and salvage company, Coltugs. This was built in 2018 for Med Marine’s own fleet to a Robert Allan Ramparts 3200 design and RINA class as an escort and salvage vessel. It left Turkey en route to Colombia on 24 March.
Caño Cristales is a 32-m tug, RAmparts 3200-design tug with a bollard pull of 75 tonnes and free sailing speed of 12 knots. Inside the engineroom is a pair of CAT 3516C D-rated diesel engines that develop a total output of 4,200 kW and two Caterpillar CAT C9 gensets and one CAT C4.4 harbour generator. ASD propulsion comes from two Schottel SRP1515 azimuthing thrusters with controllable pitch propellers of 260 cm diameter.
THR Marine supplied the electric-driven, frequency controlled, escort winch with an integrated anchor windlass.
Owner: Tug Malta
Shipbuilder: Med Marine
Designer: Robert Allan
Design: RAstar 3000-W
Bollard pull: 80 tonnes
Length, oa: 30 m
Breadth, oa: 13.3 m
Hull depth: 5.45 m
Maximum speed: 13 knots
Main engines: 2 x MTU 16V 4000M65L
Power rating: 2 x 2,560 kW
Propulsion: 2 x Rolls-Royce US255 P30 FP