The french Boluda Towage and Salvage subsidiary expands its fleet with the “VB Tornade” and the “VB Volcan”, built in Piriou shipyard

The central focus is on modernizing vessels and meeting the challenges of new customer demands

The french subsidiary of Boluda Corporación Marítima’s tug division Boluda Towage and Salvage, Boluda France has put into service the “VB Tornade” and the “VB Volcan”: two new, innovative and high-performance tugboats in maritime shipping. Both will provide port and offshore towing and salvage operations in the ports of Le Havre in the north-west of France and on Reunion Island (east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean).

These additions form part of Boluda Corporación Marítima’s corporate strategy of developing and modernizing its fleet.The tugs will provide port and offshore services and towing and salvage operations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Both ASD multi-purpose vessels have a towing force of 70 tons bollard pull, technical advances that permit high manoeuvrability, and are perfectly adapted to the requirements of the technical operations in their respective ports, which contribute to improved safety and reliability in maritime operations.

The addition of the “VB Tornade” and the “VB Volcan meets our customers’ current and future needs and reaffirms Boluda France’s presence in the two important seaports of Le Havre and Reunion Island. These port facilities are committed to increasing container traffic and receiving the largest container ships, as well as developing new activities such as renewable marine energy.

As Boluda France CEO Denis Monserrand explains, “we have invested in this new equipment in anticipation of future developments in port activity. Le Havre port, for example, is home to the largest container ships and oil tankers in the world, and in the future will become a logistics hub for offshore wind power in France.”

In his view, “our new tugboats: powerful, agile, Escort and FiFi 1 certified and fitted with all the equipment needed for the maritime operations, will allow us to meet any challenges”.

These new vessels are the result of a close collaboration between Boluda France and Piriou shipyard, located in Corcarneu, northwest France. The tugs are 30.30 metres long, equipped with two ABC engines, 5,290 hp, and propelled by two Schottel azimuth thrusters.

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