Crowley bareboat charters in newbuild tractor tug

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Crowley will rename tug Hercules on delivery

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s marine services group has entered into a bareboat charter with Brusco Tug and Barge for an all new RApport-design tractor tug to serve Pacific Northwest and California ports, performing ship assist and harbor escort work.

The vessel, which Crowley will rename Hercules after delivery next week, was designed by Robert Allan Ltd., and constructed by the Diversified Marine shipyard in Portland, Oregon, for Brusco.

The 82-foot, 6,000-horsepower tug is powered by twin Caterpillar 3516E, U.S. EPA Tier IV-compliant engines. The engines drive two CAT azimuth stern drive (ASD) thrusters, and provide 81 tons of bollard pull while still remaining nimble while assisting ships.

“This high performing tug exemplifies our continued commitment to providing the best technology and performance in our fleet of tugboats on the West Coast. Our customers count on our fleet to be efficient and dependable, and Hercules adds another highly reliable asset,” said Johan Sperling, vice president for Crowley’s marine service group.

The Tier IV engines are environmentally friendly and fuel efficient, while maximizing performance, and exceed federal and the State of California’s environmental regulations. With high safety and operational capabilities, the tug is specifically designed to handle all manner of conditions a vessel may face. It will start service in Puget Sound but is capable of handling operations in Crowley-serviced ports throughout California.

“The technology on the Hercules will ensure our customers get in and out of port efficiently to meet the demands of their supply chains, whether their vessel is a large tanker, a modern container ship, or other craft,” said Porter Sesnon, general manager of Crowley’s ship assist and escort services.

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