Remontowa Shipbuiding delivered a number of innovative vessels in 2020, despite the challenging economy.

'Planeta 1' and 'Zodiak II'

'Planeta 1' and 'Zodiak II' were designed by Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting. Photo:

In October, sea trials began for the third in a series of four electric hybrid ferries for a Norwegian customer, while the fourth dual-fuel (LNG/Diesel Electric) ferry for British Columbia was under construction, said the Gdansk Poland-based company.

“These, and other sophisticated vessels were built and delivered to foreign buyers,” commented Remontowa Shipbuiding.

Domestic order

On the domestic front, the yard has also been busy. A pair of 60.1m by 13.4m multi-purpose diesel-electric vessels with a speed of 13 knots have been delivered to the Polish Maritime Authorities in Szczecin and Gdynia.

Designed by Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting to replace a pair of ageing boats, Planeta 1 and Zodiak II are each fitted with three 1350kWe generators, each powered by an IMO Tier III compliant Cummins QSK50 diesel that will turn at 1800RPM.

In addition to servicing Polish navigational aids and ice breaking, the craft are equipped for towing ships in emergencies. A major focus of their work is in conducting hydrographic research on water quality and depth contours. Both vessels carry the class notification allowing operations to 200 nautical miles offshore.

The first hull, with a 6m moulded depth, was launched from the shipyard at Gdańsk in July 2019, while the second followed in October 2019. Both vessels were finished alongside at the shipyard.

Funding was provided by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund.

By Rebecca Jeffrey