SNIM (Societé National Industrielle et Minière), Mauritania’s most prominent company
Sister tugs “VB Sahel” and “VB Sahara” measure 28.67 metres long, with a beam of 10.43m and 4.80m depth, powered by 4,930 hp and with a bollard pull of 60 metric tons. They are equipped with the latest technology including state-of-the-art firefighting and pollution control systems.
Their destination is the port of SNIM, located near Nouadhibou, the second largest city in Mauritania, strategic to country’s economy as the location from which the mineral is exported to the whole world. SNIM, the country’s leading company, centralizes iron ore extraction from Mauritania, exploits the deposits located in the north of the country and exports through the port of Nouadhibou.
Boluda Corporación Marítima has close ties with Mauritania as part of its firm commitment to the African continent, operating regular shipping lines with Nouakchott and Nouadhibou since 2004 through Boluda Lines, its comprehensive transportation division.
The VB Sahel and VB Sahara handover ceremony was presided over by the Chairman of the corporation, Vicente Boluda Fos accompanied by his sons Vicente and Ignacio, along with the company’s most senior representatives in Spain and France. The SNIM port was represented by Mohamed Moctar Taleb, Manager; Ekhyarhoum Sid Mhamed, Manager of SAMMA and Moussa Dabou, Chief Marine Pilot. Also present were Aurelio Martínez, Chairman of the Valencia Port Authority, and Maritime Captain Felipe Cano, as well as Annelies and Arnout Damen.
The “VB Sahel” and “VB Sahara” tugboats were built by Dutch shipbuilding company Damen in their division in Dubai.