To be the first of two twin vessels delivered to the Italian ship-owner by year’s end

Boluda Corporación Marítima has celebrated the launching of the C477 built for the Italian salvage company Società Esercizio Rimorchi e Salvataggi (SERS). The Voith Schneider tugboat is 29.5 metres long and has an 11-metre beam. Thanks to its twin propeller motors, it can reach speeds of up to 12.5 knots and a 62-T fixed point pulling force. The C477 will be carrying out towing and overhead transport duties, port assistance, water pollution prevention and escort towage. The ship was built at Boluda Shipyards, a division of Boluda Corporación Marítima devoted to ship construction and repair, and like its sister ship, will be handed over to the Italian towage company by the end of the year.

The act was sponsored by Antonino Sergi of SERS, who was accompanied by Vicente Boluda, president of Boluda Corporación Marítima, and CEO Alicia Martín. This is the fourth occasion that the Società Esercizio Rimorchi e Salvataggi has trusted the experience of the Valencian shipyard, after successful commissions in 2003, 2004 and 2006 for the construction of three tugboats.

Boluda Shipyards has over 80 years of experience in the shipbuilding industry. In the last 10 years it has specialized in building tugboats, large vessels and oil platform support ships, where it has applied all its know-how and experience as a tugboat operator. Recently the company has signed a contract to build four tugboats for the Port of Antwerp, which will bolster its workload until 2012. This contract joins other already deals in place with several international ship-owners and the vessels commissioned for the Boluda Corporación Marítima’s own fleet.