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PIRIOU awarded contract by the French Defence Procurement Agency DGA for the purchase of 20 harbour and coastal tugs

The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA has awarded shipbuilder PIRIOU a contract to supply a series of twenty 30 tonnes tugs including 15 harbour tugs -RP30- and 5 harbour and coastal tugs -RPC30- involving a firm order for four units and several optional orders including the related maintenance services. 

CHANTIERS PIRIOU, holder of the contract, will build the vessels in the site of Concarneau (Brittany, France) and will deal with its joint venture partner KERSHIP for project management. In Service Support (ISS) will be provided by PIRIOU NAVAL SERVICES - the group subsidiary already in charge for the SSF - French Fleet Management Department - of the ISS of the Brest naval base fleet through a contract which was renewed in 2019.

These future tugs will be assigned to the naval bases in the French cities of Toulon, Brest, Cherbourg, Fort de France and Papeete. They will have to take charge and support surface vessels and submarines, especially for berthing manoeuvres. They will be equipped with a 600 m3/h Fi-Fi system. 

Following this notification, the PIRIOU group will start building the first unit before the end of 2020 for a delivery during the summer 2022, and will deliver four units per year.