Dual fuel tug launched in Europe

Gondan Shipyard has launched its first dual fuel tug. The vessel is the first of a series of three currently under construction for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi.

Designed by the Canadian company Robert Allan Ltd., the new escort tug measures 40.2 metres long and 16 metres in beam. It will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya.

Built to withstand cold operating temperatures, the vessel is shaped specifically to grant full operational availability at temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and, “Combines environmental sustainability through the use of LNG in most of its operations, with the flexibility of diesel power to ensure a high level of operational security.”

The new vessel will be moored at the Gondan’s quay while being outfitted. She will be ready for the thorough sea trials and delivery in 2017.