June 30, 2010
Crowley trains Kuwaitis on Z-drive tug operation
Seven Kuwaiti Navy mariners recently in operations aboard the first of two new Z-Drive harbor tugs built by Rozema Boat Works, Inc., of Mt. Vernon, Wash. The 30-day training session was conducted by a Crowley Maritime Corporation team and was designed to help the mariners learn how to operate the new boat safely while maximizing its features and performance.
The two 67-foot Z-Drive tugs were ordered from Rozema by Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). They have a bollard pull of 15 tons and a top speed of 12 knots. Each is powered by two MTU 60 Series diesels delivering 475 hp each and each has two HRP 4111 Z-Drives.
The Kuwaiti Navy plans on using the new tugs to provide ship assist to its surface combat vessels when they return to port.
The first tug, Warjiya, was completed in April and the second tug is scheduled for delivery in September.
Crowley, which has extensive technical experience in vessel design, construction management and vessel operation, was chosen by NAVSEA to provide support in the final design selection and development of the specifications of the boats.
Crowley was later contracted to provide training to the mariners who will be operating the vessels.
Crowley conducted the customized training in Seattle and Anacortes, Wash., and covered advanced fire fighting, vessel operations and engineering, safety and bridge simulator training.
"This unique partnership was made possible by cooperation between the Kuwaiti Navy, Rozema and everyone at Crowley," said Capt. Margaret Reasoner, Crowley's managing director of marine personnel, who developed the training package. "We look forward to providing similar services to other customers who may need enhanced technical training that surpasses most corporate and regulatory standards."
Crowley tug Captains Keith Kridler, Tim Dawson, Irv Berndt, Joel Bergland and Chief Engineer Ken Stanton acted as trainers on the project, allowing the mariners the opportunity to get valuable hands-on learning and experience. Port Captains Andrew Gauthier and Joshua Ellis along with Sam Simone, manager of engineering, contributed to the success of the training program with shore side support and training module development.
Rozema Boat Works, Inc. is a third generation, family-owned company which specializes in building customized marine vessels.