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26/11/18 10:44

Rimorchiatori Riuniti goes back in Turkey for Ravenna

The Genoese group placed an order with Med Marine related to a port tug to be deployed by its subsidiary Gesmar

Shortly after the first contract, the Genoese group Rimorchiatori Riuniti went back to Turkey.

“We placed an order with Med Marine shipyard for a port unit to be deployed in Ravenna on behalf of our subsidiary Gesmar”, Alberto Delle Piane revealed to Ship2Shore.

The previous order, placed at the beginning of last spring by the sub-holding Rimorchiatori Mediterranei Spa, concerned an azimuth unit with a bollard pull capacity of 80 tons, built according to a project designed by the Robert Allan Ltd firm (3000-W type) for RR's subsidiary Tug Malta in order to serve large container ships calling at Marsaxlokk container terminal, with scheduled delivery during the first months of 2019.

Amounting to 5-6 million euro, the new order shall be completed within 12 months (its delivery is scheduled for December 2019) and it concerns an azimuth unit built according to Robert Allan's design, though of a different type (2500-W) and of a smaller size (25 meters x 12 meters), and with a slightly lower bollard pull capacity (70 tons), equipped with MTU engines and RR Aquamaster System.

“It is the same design of several other up-to-date models of our group, acquired on the basis of our strategy aiming at keeping a modern fleet and in order to adapt power and pulling capacity to larger ships; the new unit will replace an old tugboat with a lower bollard pull”, the Genoese shipowner pointed out.

For the Turkish shipyard, boasting a 180,000 sqm production plant in Eregli (Black Sea), this is a new European order following those placed by German, Dutch and Estonian shipowners, besides the order related to a large captive fleet built for an operating company of the group active in the Turkish ports of Izmit and Iskenderun since 1997.

During its recent history, Med Marine built over 120 units, thirty of which being port tugs, besides a large number of pilot boats and mooring boats, and a few chemical tankers.

Angelo Scorza

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