Vilja was built in Spain for icebreaking and ship escorting in a Swedish port
The world’s most powerful 36-m hybrid icebreaker tug has started sea trials in Spain. Vilja was built in Spain for the Port of Luleå, Sweden.
Gondan Shipbuilders completed Vilja at its shipyard in Ria del Eo on 9 June, and it sailed to the Port of Gijón to commence sea trials.
It was built to Robert Allan’s TundRA 3600-H design and is certified by Lloyd’s Register.
Vilja has a hull structure that exceeds Finnish-Swedish ice-class rules and has high environmental standards.
This 36-m tug is capable of breaking 1 m of ice at up to 3 knots. It will be used for ice management, fire-fighting and navigation aids service duties in the Port of Luleå and will assist ships and conduct coastal towing in the northern sector of the Gulf of Bothnia.
Vilja is equipped with an innovative Wärtsilä’s HYTug hybrid power system that includes two diesel main engines, shaft generators/motors and batteries for energy storage.
Gondan said this configuration “will provide operational flexibility that will produce significant fuel, emissions and maintenance savings”.
Gondan outfitted this tug with winterised systems following its launch in October 2018.
Green propulsion technology will be discussed at Riviera’s Maritime Hybrid & Electric Conference in Bergen, Norway, in September.