French yard sends tugs to Algeria

Piriou’s 72T Push Pull Tug exceded contractual performance requirements during recent trials. Piriou’s 72T Push Pull Tug exceded contractual performance requirements during recent trials.
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Chantiers Piriou, the shipbuilding branch of Piriou at Concarneau in France, has delivered two 72 ton bollard pull harbour tugs to port authorities in both Arzew and Skikda, Algeria.

The order had been placed by GICEP (Groupement d’Intérêt Commun des Entreprises Portuaires) in April 2010. Two additional tugs to the same specification are to follow.

The France based Piriou group, which also has a presence in Poland, Nigeria and Vietnam, started designing, building and repairing fishing boast in 1965 but diversified widely during the 1990s to also build tugs, crew boats, AHTSs, PSVs, FSIVs and FRBs.

The ASD tugs for Algeria have a beam of 11m with a depth of 5.05m on the main deck and are each powered by twin 2,200 kW diesels to produce a speed of 13 knots. They are classed by Bureau Veritas for unrestricted navigation. During trials, it became clear that the contractual performance requirements were not only met but exceeded.

The service provided by Piriou also includes training of the crews to run these vessels.

The two other tugs, destined for the ports of Alger and of Arzew, are in the process of being constructed and delivery will follow in the spring of 2012.

These contracts are the logical continuation from the tug repair contracts awarded by the Algerian ports in 2009 and 2010 to Piriou Naval Services, the repair branch of Piriou in Concarneau. This chain of events demonstrated that repair and construction activities are highly complementary, and, in most cases, the former opens the way to attract new customers.

Pascal Piriou, the chairman and CEO of the PIRIOU group said, “This order follows a series of eight 70 ton bollard pull tugs constructed by Chantiers Piriou for Boluda -France between 2007 and 2009 and confirms that Piriou is well positioned on the international market for tugs.”

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