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Project B-860 ORP Bolko tug

The contract for the construction of six tug boats for the Polish Navy was signed in June 2017 as a result of the award of the tender entitled. "Technical security and conducting rescue operations on the sea, pk. Tug". The implementation of the contract concerns the design and construction of tug boats.

The construction of the first tugboat (H-11) Bolko started on November 16, 2017, the keel was laid on January 23, 2018, and launching and baptism took place on October 8 last year. Bolko is to be commissioned in the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla in Swinoujscie. The construction of the next unit (H-1) Gniewko, which will go to the 3rd Ship Flotilla in Gdynia, was underway in the shipyard. The cutting of the first sheets for its construction took place on March 16, 2018, and the keel was laid on May 16, 2018. The next units in several-month sequences are expected to hit the two flotillas by 2020.

Tugs are intended, among others for: combat security and logistic support at sea and in ports, carrying out activities related to technical evacuation, support for rescue operations, transport of persons and supplies, neutralization of pollution, taking hazardous materials from the water. The ice class of tugs will allow them to be operated under severe ice conditions, assisted by icebreakers. The tug boom is to be over 35 tonnes.

The tug boats currently used by the navy are significantly different. First of all, it has been equipped with azimuthal propulsors, which will give it far greater maneuverability. The tugboat will be able to turn, for example, almost in position, or maintain a certain position without throwing an anchor. Another novelty is the equipment that allows to fighting oil or oil spills floating on the sea surface.

The tug will, among others, insure larger vessels during maneuvering in the port, tow shields while shooting artillery, take torpedoes from the water or support rescue operations. It will also be used to transport people and goods. On the open deck it will be possible to transport loads with a total weight of up to four tons. The unit's pull was calculated at 35 t. The autonomy of the tug boat, i.e. the ability to operate at sea without having to call at the port, is five days. The crew consists of ten non-commissioned officers and sailors. Its members will be trained by individual subcontractors at the construction stage.

After the "Bolko" launch, the next phase of equipment retrofitting will take place. Then a series of so-called attempts at tethering, and later transfer-receiving trials at sea. The navy should be handed over next year. However, it will not start full-time service immediately. First, the adaptation process will take place. - The crew must fully know the capabilities of the tug boat, the equipment installed on it, and finally complete the program tasks 01 and 02. The first of them testifies to the readiness of the crew to leave the port, the second - to independently operate on the sea. Adaptation should take about a year.

When it finishes, H-11 will be replaced by one of the older tugs. At present, there are four such units in 8 FOW. Three of them are supposed to hit the 8th Coastal Defense Flotilla, and three to the 3rd Ship Flotilla in Gdynia.

On 05 March 2019, the tug baptism ceremony (H-1) Gniewko took place in Gdansk. This is the second of six modern B860 units built for the Polish Navy. Baptism of the tug B 860/2, built for the 3rd Ship Flotilla, took place in Gdansk at the shipyard Remontowa Shipbuilding SA. The mother goddess of the tug was Mrs. Monika Malyszko - director of Primary School No. 17. Vice-Admiral Jzef Unruga in Gdynia. The ceremony was attended by the deputy Naval Inspector - Rear Admiral Krzysztof Zdonek, Rector-Commandant of the Navy Academy Rear Admiral prof. Dr hab. Tomasz Szubrycht, Commander of the Third Ship Fleet - Commander Miroslaw Jurkowlaniec and invited guests.

During the ceremony, the godmother of the unit Mrs. Monika Malyszko, said the words of baptism: "Sail the seas and oceans of the world, famous name of the Polish shipbuilder and Polish sailor. I am calling you the name Gniewko, "followed by a symbolic break-up of the bottle over the side. Due to the prevailing bad weather conditions, due to safety considerations, the launching of the tugboat did not take place.

Overall length 29.20 m
Width 10.40 m
Brace 35 t
Crew (people) 10
Displacement up to 490 t
Height amidships 4.95 m
Drive system
Main Motors 2 x 1200 kW
Azimuth 2 x 1200 kW

Ship List
# Name Builder Laid
Down
Launch Comm Decomm Notes
H-11 Bolko Remontowa
Shipbuilding
Gdansk
23 Jan
2018
08 Oct
2018
201
H-1 Gniewko Remontowa
Shipbuilding
Gdansk
16 May
2018
201
# Remontowa
Shipbuilding
Gdansk
2019
# Remontowa
Shipbuilding
Gdansk
2020
# Remontowa
Shipbuilding
Gdansk
2020
# Remontowa
Shipbuilding
Gdansk
2020

ORP Bolko tug ORP Bolko tug ORP Bolko tug



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