Rimorchiatori Riuniti ordered a new unit for Tug Malta
A new azimuth propelled ship was commissioned to Turkey-based Med Marine
The 24 million Euro investment plan announced by Rimorchiatori Riuniti a couple of months ago and aimed at strengthening Tug Malta's fleet (controlled by Rimorchiatori Mediterranei Spa), is definitely going full sail ahead.
Malta-based company signed a contract with Med Marine for the construction of a new azimuth propelled unit to be providing port towage services to container ships increasingly calling at Malta.
The new tugboat, to be designed by Robert Allan Ltd like former tugboats Germania and Danimarca ordered by RR for being deployed in Genoa, will reach 80 tons bollard pull capacity and will be delivered by early 2019.
The new unit, RAstar 3000-W class – illustrates Med Marine – will be 29.7 metres in length, 13.3 in breadth and “LNG compatible”, she will be fitted with MTU 16V4000M65L engines, generating overall 2 x 2,560 kW (6866 HP) power, 13 knots speed and with US 255 Rolls Royce propellers. The new unit, capable to accommodate 8 crew members and being classified by RINA, will boast enhanced characteristics.
The yard didn't disclose the value of transaction, however, when originally announcing their plan of investment (while also introducing tugboat St.Angelo, built at Damen and worth 8 million Euro), Genoa-based group stated that Tug Malta fleet's strengthening would have implied 24 million investments, encompassing the construction of new units, the first of which to be delivered by 2019 and the second one by 2021 (for the time being still to be commissioned).
Tug Malta is currently deploying five units: the Spinola, Sant’ Elmo, Paulina, Wenzina and St.Angelo, also providing, besides port towage services, oil spill recovery and offshore support.