February 2, 2021 – (Google Translation) – The renewal of the port facilities of the French Navy is continuing this year with, in particular, the launch of three new RP 10 pusher-tug boats type, “Le Fou”, “Le Chevalier” and “Le Pingouin”, in Brest and Cherbourg, France.
Those tugs belongs to the seven pusher-tug first step program ; six have been build by BMA group and one by Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie.
As a reminder, those ships are a 29 new tugs building program, awarded by French navy in 2018 to Merré and CMN shipyards as a joint venture.
Two steps program of seven new tugs are planned until the program end in 2023.
Merré Shipyard, Forminox, and CIB Shipyard belong to BMA group and work closely together in order to adapt themselves to the complete workload.
Designed by the Merré Shipyard design office, these boats adopt the SEEM 12-800ST design. Built with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, the new tugboats in the French Navy are 12 meters long and have a pulling capacity of 10 tons. They are armed by four sailors and can reach the speed of 8 knots.
In addittion to large harbor tugboats, these boats are intended to assist surface vessels and submarines in their docking,.
RP 10 will be located in the naval bases of Brest, Toulon and Cherbourg, as well as in Martinique, New Caledonia, Polynesia, Réunion and Mayotte, as well as in Djibouti and Dakar.