The first dual-fuel tug ever built in Europe has been launched by Astilleros Gondán, S.A. at their shipyard in Asturias, Spain. Built to provide tug services for Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya, the vessel is the first of a series of three currently under construction for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi.
Designed by the Canadian company Robert Allan, the new escort tug, with 40.2 meters length, 16 meters beam and bollard pull of 100 tons, is built to withstand freezing cold; the vessel is shaped specifically to grant full operational availability at temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and combines environmental sustainability through the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in most of its operations, with the flexibility of diesel power to ensure a high level of operational security.
For the next few months, this new vessel will be moored at Gondan’s quay at the Port of Figueras while being outfitted, until completion, when she will be ready for sea trials and her following delivery in 2017.
Statoil’s contract with Østensjø Rederi, according to a press release at the time of contract award in October 2014, is for ten years with an additional five year option.
(Source: Astilleros Gondán)