VESSEL REVIEW | Cap de Fer – Vittoria Shipyard returns to tug building

Veneto-based Cantiere Navale Vittoria has delivered the tug Cap de Fer to the port authority in Skikda, Algeria.

Delivery of the vessel, which was ordered in December 2016 by the Algerian Transport Ministry at a cost of €7 million (US$8 million), took place at the official handover from representatives of the Vittoria Shipyard to a delegation from the Algerian port authority.

The tug will now start to carry out tug and escort work on the coasts and in the ports of the North African country, in the service of the Entreprise Portuaire de Skikda.

Cap de Fer has an overall length of 26 metres, width of 10 metres, draught of 3.80 metres and displaces 500 tonnes fully laden.

She has a top speed of 12.5 knots thanks to two Schottel ASD azimuth thrusters driven by two semi-fast ABC diesel engines that can develop a total of 2,500kW. The specific fuel oil consumption of these medium-speed main engines, combined with a long TBO, allows for a long life cycle and low ongoing costs

Her bollard pull of 42 tonnes is well above the initial request of the Skikda Port Authority of 30. This makes the vessel ideal for carrying out harbour and coastal tug work, both towing and pushing, and in providing assistance and direct response to emergencies in extreme conditions.

A forward escort winch by Rolls-Royce and aft hook by Mampey are the main deck equipment items, and navigation equipment and electronics are by Furuno.

The vessel has living quarters and services for a crew of seven and has been classified by Bureau Veritas.

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Cap de Fer
Type of vessel: Harbour tug
Classification: BVI Hull, Mach, Tug, Fire Fighting Ship E with Water Spraying Unrestricted Navigation
Port of registry: Skikda, Algeria
Flag: Algeria
Owner: Enterprise Portuaire de Skikda, Algeria
Designer: MES Engineering, Italy
CAD software: Autocad 2017
Builder: Cantiere Navale Vittoria, Italy
Construction material: Steel Grade A AH36
Plate cutting: Plasma
Length overall: 26.00 metres
Length waterline: 25.65 metres
Length between perpendiculars: 25.75 metres
Beam: 10 metres
Summer draught: 3.85 metres
Moulded depth: 5.35 metres
Displacement: 592t (full load)
Deadweight: 213 tonnes
Tonnages: 340GT; 102NT
Main engines: 2 x ABC 6 DZC, each 1,325kW
Propulsion: 2 x Schottel SRP 1012 FP
Generators: 3 x Deutz BF4M1013MC, each 91kWe
Steering system: Schottel
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Bollard pull: 41.1 tonnes
Range: 12 days
Hydraulic equipment: Rolls-Royce HP3 2X98+CP/AP
Radar: Furuno FAR-2117
Depth sounders:

Furuno FE-800;

Furuno DS-80




Transponder Radar START

Autopilot: Simrad AP70
Compass: Magnetic compass


2 x portable VHF GMDSS;

Emergency locator transmitter;



GPS: GP-170
Plotters: MaxSea chart plotter
Audio video system: TvSAT i6p
Towing winch: Rolls Royce hydraulic ATWH 1250/300/AW19U2
Towing hook: Mampaey SWL 100t
Paints/coatings: International Paint
Windows: Wigo
Interior designer: Minuti Arredamenti
Interior fitout/furnishings: Minuti Arredamenti
Liferafts: 2 x 10pax
Rescue boat: Palfinger RSQ450 with davit
Type of fuel: Marine gasoil
Fuel capacity: 144.2 tonnes
Fuel consumption: 12.13 tonnes/day
Freshwater capacity: 32.24 tonnes
Crew: 7

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