Med Marine has delivered a second ice-class tug to a division of Romania’s Ministry of Transport for ice management and vessel assistance along the Danube River
Azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugboat Covurlui was completed for the ministry’s Administratia Fluviala a Dunarii de Jos RA Galati (AFDJ). Covurlui was built at the Eregli Shipyard on Turkey’s Black Sea coast as a sister vessel to Sulina 2, which was delivered in May.
They were built to a MED-A3055 Ice-Super class with 55 tonnes of bollard pull. They have Bureau Veritas’ Ice Class 1A Super notation and are prepared to comply with IMO Tier III emissions regulations.
30-m Covurlui will operate along the Danube River while Sulina 2 will patrol the Danube between Sulina on the coast and Braila, covering 175 km to improve the safety and security of maritime traffic along the river.
AFDJ will use these ASD tugs to ensure the flow of ice pieces along the river, preventing ice bridge formations, which can be dangerous to ships. They will intervene to release ships from river ice, reducing risk to shipping, lives and goods, and prevent pollution in the Danube. AFDJ said Sulina 2 will help grounded ships and carry out fire-fighting if required.
Both tugs have a beam, including fenders, of 10.5 m and a moulded hull depth of 4.85 m. On each vessel there are two Caterpillar 3512C main diesel engines, each delivering 1,902 kW of power, coupled to two Schottel SRP460 fixed pitch ASD units.
Med Marine also fitted THR Marine winches on the forward and aft decks for vessel and ice towage.
AFDJ manages marine operations along 1,075 km of the Danube, on the Sulina Channel and in the Sulina Port area, maintaining minimum recommended depths of the Danube, providing piloting for ships sailing from Sulina to Braila and maintaining hydrotechnical constructions for the protection of the shores.
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