BAE Jacksonville delivers ATB tug

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Sea Power is the tug component of an articulated tug barge

AUGUST 17, 2016 — BAE Systems this week delivered the tug Sea Power to Seabulk Tankers, Inc. Built at BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Florida, shipyard, the Sea Power will be used in Seabulk Tankers’ Jones Act coastal operation.

Designed by BAE Systems and Guido Perla & Associates, Inc., of Seattle, Washington, the 141-ft, 12,000-bhp twin-screw tug will work in tandem with a high-specification, 30,000 deadweight tonnage chemical tank barge as an articulated tug and barge (ATB) unit.

“We are proud to deliver Sea Power to our customer Seabulk Tankers and believe that the vessel will provide outstanding service for many years to come,” said David Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair. “Our collaborative relationship with Seabulk Tankers and the dedication of our highly-skilled shipbuilders made this ship delivery possible.”

Earlier this year, the Jacksonville shipyard delivered the final ship in a class of four platform supply vessels to Jackson Offshore Operators. That ship, the MV Squall, also operates in the Jones Act market.

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