BOLUDA FRANCE, subsidiary of BOLUDA CORPORACION MARITIMA -the second largest towage
operator worldwide, has just ordered a new series of tugs from PIRIOU shipyard. Delivery of the first
two units is scheduled for 2019.
Built by PIRIOU Vietnam with a standard PIRIOU design which meets BOLUDA FRANCE’s specific
requirements, this new series of tugs, with a bollard pull of 77 tons and measuring 30.30 meters in
length, will be put to service in French harbours.
This order comes after a first series of eight 70-ton bollard pull tugs built by PIRIOU for BOLUDA
FRANCE between 2007 and 2009 and a second series of six tugs delivered between 2015 and 2017.
Vincent FAUJOUR, PIRIOU General Manager declares: ‘Following the construction of over 15
tugs in Concarneau since 1998, our Vietnamese shipyard has been able to maintain the
confidence of a longstanding and major customer for our group. With this new order, we are
continuing the strategic partnership we initiated with BOLUDA FRANCE 20 years ago and we
are very proud of it’.
Denis MONSERAND, BOLUDA FRANCE CEO says: ‘Once more, we renew our confidence in
PIRIOU shipyard which design and build high quality tugs that perfectly meet our customers’
requirements. This new series will feature higher bollard pull than previous generations up to
77 tons, enabling our crews to service vessels of ever-increasing size in the best conditions.
These units will be built on the OST 30’ (Omni Stern Tug) model, issued from the range of
tugs designed by PIRIOU.
The ’OST 30’ is a multipurpose tug developed for ‘push pull’ type towage and harbour
assistance operations as well as deep sea operations. With a hull length of 30.30 meters, it is
also fitted to bring assistance to vessels in access channels.
This tug is equipped with two aft azimuth propellers (Azimuth Stern Drive), driven by two
marine medium-speed turbocharged four-stroke diesel engines, fresh-water cooled with box
At the bridge, the ergonomics of the single-command control station and the high visibility
over the entire working area and its surroundings allow the captain to manoeuvre his tug
In order to answer the operating conditions required by BOLUDA FRANCE, these tugs are
equipped with several options including:
– Fi-Fi 1 equipment for fire fighting
– Aft sea towing winch and tugger winch for deep sea towage
– Double drum fore winch with Escort function
The OST 30 is designed to be maintained every five years with special antifouling and ICAF
system. Accommodation is in accordance with ILO 2006 requirements and special attention is
paid to noise reduction.