Poland’s Remontowa Shipbuilding to build iceberg tugboat

13 May 2014
Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, seen here undertaking a conversion project

Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, seen here undertaking a conversion project

A Polish shipyard has signed a contract to build a specialised ice-class towing vessel for a Norwegian operator, writes Jaroslaw Ada-mowski.

Remontowa Shipbuilding will build a ship with an overall length of about 100m and a width of 20m for an unnamed Norwegian ship operator. Under the plan, the new vessel will be deployed to the Arctic Sea. It was designed by Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting based on a project drafted by Rolls-Royce Marine, and one of its prime functions will be towing icebergs.

“We are preparing to launch the construction of a very interesting ship … due to its technical specification and designed use,” Andrzej Wojtkiewicz, chief executive of Remontowa Shipbuilding, told local news site Trojmiasto.pl. “Its construction must take into account all the conditions of the Arctic region.”

In addition to this, the vessel will be used for other purposes, including crew transport and evacuations, and offshore maintenance works. The value of this latest contract was not disclosed by the Polish shipbuilder.

“Icebergs constitute a major danger on shipping routes, which is why [deployment of iceberg tugboats] is so important,” Mr Wojtkiewicz said.

Remontowa Shipbuilding is based in Gdansk, on the Polish Baltic Sea shore. Currently, the shipyard is developing 15 vessels for both domestic and foreign-based clients.

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