These are in addition to the four tugs already completed by Boluda Shipyards for Public Works.

The order is worth a total of €37.8 million.

The state-owned Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima (Sasemar – Marine Salvage and Safety Company) has placed orders with Boluda Corporación Marítima’s shipyard for the construction of three tugs worth a total of €37.8 million. These vessels come on top of the four already built by the corporation for Sasemar, which comes under the Ministry of Public Works.

The work on building the tugs, which will be carried out by the Boluda Shipyards division in the port of Valencia, will be completed in the course of 2009-2010.

These tugs will have the same characteristics as those previously built for Sasemar (María de Maeztu, María Zambrano, María Pita and Marta Mata). They are 39.7 metres in length, with a beam of 12.5 metres and a depth of 5.8 metres. Being specially made for marine salvage, they are fitted with external fire-fighting equipment, a lifeboat and a high-tech davit with slip-gear. They can carry a crew of twelve, and also have a rescue zone and a specific space to accommodate those rescued.

Additionally, in the next few days the corporation has scheduled the delivery to Sasemar of the tug María Pita, building of which started in 2007.

Boluda Shipyards steadily turns out between eight and nine ships a year. These three new tugs are in addition to the 16 ships that the division currently has in various stages of production.