Home' Work Boat World : March 2010 Contents Spanish shipyard Union Naval Valencia
has completed construction of 'VB
Bravo', a new high-performance towing
and escort service tug.
Designed and built to ABS classification
standards and conforming with the
regulations of the Spanish Marine
Directorate, the tug has an overall length of
35.45 metres, a beam of 13 metres, depth
to main deck of 6.6 metres and measures in
with a tonnage of 848GT.
The high-volume hull is fitted with a
deep skeg for escort stability and features
twin azimuth propulsion units aft. Double
bottom hulls are fitted in way of all fuel
and oil tanks. Above the waterline the
hull's raised forecastle provides enhanced
sea-keeping. Double-banked cylindrical
fenders on the bow, and a single fender aft
provide for a soft pushing surface as well
as protection when coming alongside
Deck machinery includes a pair of single
drum hawser winches in the bow operating
through a solid bow staple, while the aft
deck is outfitted with a spooling gear
equipped towing winch.
Driven by twin 3,000kW diesel engines,
the tug can generate a maximum ahead
bollard pull of around 108 tonnes and a
free running speed of over 15 knots.
Besides towing and escort operations, 'VB
Bravo' is also a highly competent fire-fighting
craft, being equipped with pumps and
monitors to a Fi-Fi 2 classification rating.
The vessel is also equipped to carry out
anti-pollution tasks, being fitted with a
dispersant spraying system and a skimmer for
oily waste collection.
The air-conditioned interior features
accommodation for up to nine
crewmembers in a mixture of single and
double cabins. The modern wheelhouse is
located atop the superstructure and offers
the master broad visibility over the tug's
working decks and out to the horizon.
One of Spain's largest private shipyards,
Union Naval Valencia specialises in the
production of harbour tugs and open-sea
towboats, salvage ships, small-sized
petroleum tankers, bunker tankers, vessels
for auxiliary harbour services, support ships
for offshore platforms and anchor handling
vessels. Since their first delivery of a coast
guard cutter in 1925, the yard has
completed over 200 vessels of varying type
and size and today averages around ten
deliveries per year.
For further information contact:
Union Naval Valencia, Spain.
PH: +34 96 306 0200, FX: +34 96 367 0793,
Type of vessel:
Maximum bollard pull:
ABS +A1, Towing Vessel,
Escort Vessel, FI-FI 2, Oil
Recovery Vessel Class 1, (E),
Union Naval Valencia, Spain
2 x 3,000kW at 800rpm
2 x azimuth thrusters
108 tonnes (ahead);
101 tonnes (astern)
March 2010 WORK BOAT WORLD
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