Boluda France invests in the potential of French ports

by Hans | May 9th, 2017

Continuing its strategy of expansion and modernization of its fleet, Boluda France has just brought two new ASD multi-operational tugs into service, each with 70 tons of traction.

These powerful and innovative tugs, named VB Volcan and VB Tornade, will operate respectively in the ports of La Réunion and Le Havre.

Highly maneuverable and perfectly adapted to the operational requirements of their home ports, they will contribute to improve the safety and reliability of operations.

To this end, the VB Volcan and VB Tornade are well suited to the current and future expectations of our customers. Once again Boluda France demonstrates its specific commitment to the Grand Maritime Port of Le Havre and the Grand Port Maritime of Réunion Island.


Both ports are focusing on their increase in containerized traffic and their capacity to receive the largest container ships, as well as to develop new activities such as renewable marine energies.

Denis Monserand, C.E.O. of Boluda France, stated: “We have invested in state-of-the-art units and equipment in anticipation of the technological development and growth of port activities.
The Port of Le Havre currently receives the largest container ships and oil tankers in the world and will probably become a logistics hub for French offshore wind in a few years’ time.
Our new powerful and maneuverable Escort and FIFI 1 class tugboats are fully equipped for seagoing operations and will enable us to deal with all challenges.”

These two new units are the result of a close partnership between the Piriou shipyards and Boluda France. Each are 30.30 m long and equipped with two ABC engines of 5,290 HP propelled by two Schottel azimuth thrusters.

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