Gondan launches hybrid icebreaker tug for Sweden

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Spanish shipbuilder Gondan launched a new hybrid-powered icebreaking escort tug at its yard in Figueras on Monday, October 8.

Named Vilja, the tug is a Robert Allan Ltd icebreaking design for use by the Port of Luleå in Sweden.

It will be capable of breaking one metre of ice at a speed of up to three knots.

The tug will also perform ice management, escort, ship-assist, coastal towing, fire-fighting, and navigation aids service duties.

The 36-metre Lloyd's Register-classed vessel will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system that will include two diesel main engines, shaft generators/motors, and batteries for energy storage.

Vilja has an expected bollard pull of about 100 tonnes in diesel-mechanical mode when including battery boost capacity.

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