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The In­dian Navy is look­ing to pro­cure nine new 25-tonne Bol­lard pull tugs to as­sist naval ships and sub­marines in berthing and un­berthing, turn­ing and ma­noeu­vring in con­fined wa­ters and har­bours. The tugs will also be re­quired for un­der­tak­ing cold move of naval ships and sub­marines un­der re­fit main­te­nance within port lim­its. In ad­di­tion, they will be re­quired to pro­vide as­sis­tance for dry dock­ing and un­dock­ing ships and to as­sist move­ments in out of the tidal basin. The Navy also spec­i­fies that such ves­sels should be ca­pa­ble of mov­ing non self-pro­pelled ves­sels such as am­mu­ni­tion wa­ter fuel barges and lighters within port lim­its, as­sist war­ships dur­ing in­clement rough weather to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal dam­age within port lim­its, pro­vid­ing afloat fire­fight­ing cover and/or as­sis­tance to ships along­side or at an­chor­age and pro­vide tow­ing as­sis­tance to war­ships. The Navy has ad­di­tion­ally stip­u­lated that the tugs may be de­ployed beyond port lim­its, after suit­ably aug­ment­ing crew strength, for spe­cific du­ties such as sal­vage and search & res­cue mis­sions. The ves­sels need to have a life of 30 years. The tug should be able to carry out its func­tional role up to sea state 4 and op­er­ate up to sea state 6 and sur­viv­able as per ap­proved class/IMO norms. The tug should have a SRP (steer­able rud­der pro­peller) or an Az­imuthing thruster type propul­sion sys­tem, and be manned by one master, one en­gi­neer and 11 crew only.

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