With two latest-generation ASD tugs for harbour and coastal work, Vittoria Shipyard is becoming a main player in the international tug market
The Italian group has returned in this competitive business with two vessels: one was recently delivered to the Port Authority of Skikda in Algeria and the other has just launched for the Russian Federation.
The latest tug is named РИМ—MОСКВА (Rome-Moscow) and will be deployed in operations planned for dismantling the nuclear submarines that have been decommissioned by the Russian Navy.
The vessel launched from the yard's Adria facility in the waters of the Canal Bianco. Vittoria Shipyard won the tender launched in 2016 by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, for a value of around €8M (US$9M).
“In just two years we have designed and built two azimuth stern drive tugs for important foreign institutions”, said Vittoria Shipyard president Luigi Duò, “thanks to the quality of our products and our engineering we have strengthened our position in the domestic and international market for harbour and oceanic tugs”.
Since 1927, Vittoria Shipyard has produced over 870 vessels of all kinds for the public authorities of Mediterranean countries – the Coast Guard, fire department and tax police in Italy; and in Malta, Cyprus, Libya, Croatia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Algeria and Romania. Specialising in constructing military and paramilitary vessels – patrol boats, interceptors, search and rescue vessels and landing craft; as well as cargo, passenger ships and workboats – dredgers, fishing boats and supply vessels – for major Italian shipowners.
РИМ—MОСКВА represented a challenge for the particularly high standards required by the client. It was designed to meet the high quality and safety levels required by the Russian flag, which are needed to work in the difficult sea and weather conditions in the Barents Sea.
This craft has been built to work up to -10°C and ensure that, while docked at quay during the winter, its heating systems can cope with keeping the crew's quarters warm even when the temperature falls to -34°C.
The vessel was built and overseen in accordance with the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping regulations and meets the Russian Federation Flag standards for onboard living and health conditions.
Furthermore, the vessel has received ICE2 class certification. The tug is around 32 m long and was designed to pull, push and escort vessels in harbours or at open sea, including when ice is present, lead other vessels in mooring manoeuvres and to recover vessels in failure.
The ship has a bollard pull of 64 tonnes and a dynamic pull of 54 tonnes and will reach a speed of 12.5 knots thanks to the two fast diesel engines linked to the two azimuth drives with variable pitch propellers.