VILJA, the most powerful hybrid icebreaker tug of this size, on sea trials
Last Saturday, at high tide, VILJA, the new hybrid-powered icebreaking escort tug built by GONDAN Shipbuilders, left Ria del Eo to head toward the Port of Gijón, where she will be for the next weeks to complete her sea trials programme.
A TundRA 3600-H class icebreaking design by Robert Allan Ltd for Port of Luleå (Sweden), this new tug is fully customized for operational requirements. The vessel is designed to perform icebreaking – it is capable of breaking 1 metre of ice at a speed of up to 3 knots- ice management, escort, ship-assist, coastal towing, fire-fighting and navigation aids service duties.
This 36-m tug with a hull structure that exceeds Finnish-Swedish ice class rules and has high environmental standards is certified by Lloyd’s Register.
The vessel is equipped with an innovative hybrid propulsion system that will include two diesel main engines, shaft generators/motors and batteries for energy storage. This configuration will provide operational flexibility that will produce significant fuel, emissions and maintenance savings.