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VITTORIA SHIPYARD DELIVERS NEW DIVING
TRAINING SHIP TO TUNISIA
Vittoria Shipyard has delivered a new
diving training ship to the Tunisian
Government, built in just seven months.
The ‘Zarzis A710’ will support diving and
security works in air and sea areas of the
Mediterranean. The vessel was commissioned
by the Tunisian Defence Ministry as part of
the Tunisian-Italian cooperation agreement
signed in spring 2015.
The ship will be deployed by Tunisian
authorities as part of its stabilisation and
pacification operation in North Africa and
the Mediterranean area. I n particular, the
vessel will be used to train the students of
the Zarzis Diving School.
The ‘Zarzis A710’ is a 36-metre
monohull and can carry 12 crew as well as
18 divers. It has a top speed of 17 knots
and a cruising speed of 12 knots.
The vessel is equipped with a
compression chamber and a diving bell
that can take divers into the water up to
100 metres deep. The boat will also be
equipped with a DP2 positioning system.
“In the past, our shipyard has built and
delivered twelve patrol boats to the
Tunisian Navy and Coastguard,” said Luigi
Duò, president of Vittoria Shipyard.
UK'S LAST EMERGENCY TUG TO BE KEPT
The UK Government has decided to
extend financial support for the last
remaining emergency towing vessel (ETV)
in the country, based in Orkney.
The four ETVs stationed around the UK
were introduced after the ‘Braer ’ and ‘Sea
Empress’ tanker disasters, but three were
withdrawn following the 2010 public
The contract for the final vessel,
covering northern Scotland, was due to
expire at the end of March this year but
was extended by the government in the
face of warnings about the threat to safety.
The MCA will now commence tendering
for a new contract for a period of up to five
years. Under the new contract, the MCA
will seek to recover costs of the ETV from
the shipping industry wherever possible
and it will also examine long-term
opportunities for the vessel to take on low-
risk commercial work. Any costs recovered
will go towards additional patrolling and
crew training, the government says.
‘The tug is our environmental insurance
policy and it should never have been
threatened in this way, but I am delighted
that our campaign has been successful,”
Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael said.
“I hope that the gover nment will now be
more creative in how they use this vessel
and that there will be no further
uncertainty over its future.”
FINCANTIERI DELIVERS THE FIRST TWO OPVS
TO BANGLADESH COAST GUARD
Fincantieri has delivered the first two
vessels of a supply contract of four offshore
patrol vessels (OPV), to the Bangladesh
Coast Guard (BCG).
The OPVs are upgraded and conve rted
Minerva-class corvettes, decommissioned
by the Italian Navy. The vessels, renamed
‘Syed Nazrul’ and ‘Tajuddin’ from
‘Minerva’ and ‘Sibilla’, were retired from
Italy’s national fleet in May 2015.
Upgrading and conversion activities
started at Fincantieri’s dock in Genova,
Italy and were completed at the naval
shipyard in La Spezia.
Together with ‘Urania’ and ‘Danaide’,
scheduled for delivery next year, these
vessels will form the backbone of the
Bangladesh Coast Guard’s fleet, with an
extension of the vessels’ lifespan of more
than twenty years.
The units will be used to patrol the
country's maritime boundaries and traffic
in its Exclusive Economic Zone, with
capabilities to contain environmental
pollution and to rescue and assist civilians
in the case of humanitarian emergencies.
VROON’S ‘VOS PASSION’ CHRISTENED IN
A PX121-type platform supply vessel
(PSV), the ‘VOS Passion’, has been formally
christened at Cosco Shipyard in
Guangdong, China for Vroon.
The ‘Passion’ is in the final stages of
construction and will be ready for delivery
in August. She is the fourth of six PX121-
type PSVs being built at the shipyard
With a length of 83.4 metres and a
beam of 18 metres, the vessels provide
850m2 deck space and a load capacity of
Once delivered, all PX121s will
operate under management of Vroon
LEIDOS COMPLETES INITIAL PERFORMANCE
TESTS OF UMV
US-based security technology provider
Leidos has completed initial performance
trials of an unmanned technology
demonstration vessel off the coast of San
The company is developing the vessel
for the US Defence Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Anti-Submarine
Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned
Vessel (ACTUV) program.
The 40-metre trimaran, christened ‘Sea
Hunter’ at a ceremony in April, met all
performance objectives for speed,
manoeuvrability, stability, seakeeping,
acceleration/deceleration and fuel consumption.
‘Sea Hunter’ is designed to operate for
extended periods at sea with no person on
board and only sparse supervisory control
While initial vessel tests require a pilot
on board the ship, later tests are planned to
have no personnel on board.
The completion of ‘Sea Hunter’s’
performance trials is the first milestone in
the two-year test program co-sponsored by
DARPA and the Office of Naval Research.
Testing in upcoming months is
scheduled to include testing of sensors, the
ve ssel’s autono my suite, co mpliance with
maritime collision regulations, and proof-
of-concept demonstrations for a variety of
US Navy missions.
ANGOLA ORDERS DAMEN
FISHERY RESEARCH VESSEL
The Damen Shipyards Group has
received an order for a 74-metre fishery
re search vessel fro m the Angolan Ministry
The vessel, which has Silent-A/F/R Class
notation, features a basic design from
Norwegian designer, S kipsteknisk.
The Angolan Ministry of Fisheries has
previously received two 62-metre fishery
inspection surveillance vessels and a
smaller fishery research vessel from
Special attention will be paid to the
design, co nstruction and outfitting of the
vessel to minimise underwater noise, as
well as onboard internal acoustic noise
Machinery components, including
pumps and ventilation plants, will be
resiliently mounted where necessary to
reduce noise and vibrations.
The vessel will be suitable for
applications such as hydrographic
operations, acoustics research, pelagic and
demersal trawling, plankton, water,
sampling, oil recovery and emergency
The new research vessel will have a
service speed of 13 knots.
The UK’s last emergency tug
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