Launching of the third dual fuel tug built in Europe
This is the third unit of a series of three currently under construction for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi
Today at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, at high tide, the third Dual Fueled tug ever built in Europe –the last of a series of three currently under construction at Gondan for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi - has been successfully launched. The event was attended by representatives from the ship-owner, from the charterer of the vessels – Statoil - and from the Canadian designer Robert Allan Ltd.
This new escort tug, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam, will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya. 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 trough the use of 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 the Yard´s quay while being outfitted according to the best shipbuilding standards, until completion.
Østensjø Rederi AS is a private company established in 1974 by Johannes Østensjø. The company has since its beginning been a leading provider of offshore, towage and accommodation services worldwide. It operates a fleet of 28 modern vessels. The company has more than 600 employees and offices in Norway, Scotland, UK, Ireland and Malta and is a pioneer in the application of new technologies making safer, more environmentally friendly and more efficient vessels. For more information, see www.ostensjo.no.
Gondan Shipyard is a shipbuilder with more than 90 years of experience in the sector. Located in the Asturian Castropol district, north of Spain in the Cantabric Sea, the company has facilities in Figueras, Barres and Vegadeo. It is recognised by its ability to build any type of boat, without technological limits, but having the flexibility to incorporate improvements during the construction process to meet the needs of the shipowner and furthermore, meeting the most strict quality standards. For more information, see www.gondan.com.