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Boluda Towage expands its business in Asia with two new towing vessels

VB LIKURAI and VB FADO, which will enter service in East Timor, have been built by Piriou shipyards in Vietnam

Boluda Towage, the towing division of Boluda Corporación Marítima, through its subsidiary Boluda France, has expanded its activity in Asia, with the forthcoming start of operations in East Timor, in the north of Australia. The company has expanded its fleet after contracting with Piriou Vietnam shipyard, located in Nha Be, the construction of two new vessels, named VB LIKURAI and VB FADO, which have already been delivered. Two tugs, with 3,800 and 5,100 horsepower, have a towing capacity of 45 and 60 tons at fixed point, respectively; they have a standard PIRIOU design and "are tailored to Boluda France specific needs ", says the company.

Denis Monserand, CEO of Boluda France, has pointed out that ‘these two new tugboats will be used at our first base in Asia, in East Timor, as a result of the parnership with Bolloré Group. Thanks to this long-term project, Boluda France participates in the expansion of Boluda Corporación Marítima worldwide. We would like to thank PIRIOU for their support in this new adventure’.

For his side, Vincent Faujour, Piriou Group President, expressed his satisfaction that Boluda France ‘has once again shown its trust in us with this construction contract for two new OST30s. The uniqueness of this order lies in the fact that it is the first time that we have supplied Boluda France with vessels to be used outside mainland France or its overseas territories’.

From 2007 to 2009, Piriou already built and delivered to Boluda France a first series of eight tugs with a 70-ton fixed point tow capacity following; from 2015 to 2017, another series of six tugs were built by its Vietnamese subsidiary, and a third series, between 2019 and 2020, of six units with a 75-ton fixed point tow capacity.

Currently Boluda Towage has a fleet of 400 vessels in the main ports in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Indian Ocean.

(Source: Industrias Pesqueras)

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