The Levoli Black, will take over emergency towing duties around the north coast of Scotland from the turn of the year.
The MCA has awarded a five-year contract for a new Scottish ETV, to begin on 31 December 2016. The Levoli Black served as an ETV for the Netherlands from 2010-13, and is 70m, 2283 GT with a bollard pull of 139 tonnes.
Following comprehensive engagement with local stakeholders through spring 2016, the risks to shipping off north and north-western Scotland were assessed and requirements established. The contract was awarded after an open market competition involving 22 bids and in early August, tenders were invited to meet a broad array of capability. The bids were evaluated based on vessel type and dimensions, age, bollard pull, speed, crew complement and experience, training and exercises, efficiency and the chargeable day rate.
Shipping Minister John Hayes said:
I welcome the arrival of our new tug. Maritime safety is of the greatest importance to the UK Government. This Scottish ETV will stand ready to support commercial vessels which get into trouble at sea and in doing so, will safeguard the Scottish coastline.
The MCA’s Director of Maritime Operations Richard Parkes said:
Maritime safety is always our priority. This is why we have secured a new emergency towing vessel to protect the shores of north and north-west Scotland, where the ready availability of commercial towage is not guaranteed.