New contract to build three escort tugs for North Sea operation
Gondan Shipyard has signed a new contract with the Norwegian Shipowner Østensjø Rederi AS for the construction of three tugboats that will join its fleet in Melkøya terminal of the Norwegian oil company Statoil.
These three new escort tugs will operate in icy environments of up to -20º C, what means a demanding design and quality construction to protect crew and equipment from the weather. They are designed by the Canadian Robert Allan.
With 40m length and 16m beam, they will have a bollard pull of 100 tons and escort steering force of 155 tons. The propulsion system will be a dual fuel system that can operate on LNG or marine gas oil.
Delivery is estimate during the first half of 2017
Østensjø Rederi, one of the biggest owners of the Norwegian offshore industry, maintains an excellent relations with Astilleros Gondán, which has already built several tugs and offshore support vessels. (Source: www.gondan.com)