The Sesok, Crowley's newest triple-screw diesel powered tug joined the fleet of Alaska river tugs this month, when it called St. Mary's on the Yukon River to pick up its first barge. Soon thereafter, the Sesok and her crew made stops along the Yukon River in Emmonak, Nome, Hooper Bay and Bethel to meet with Crowley personnel and villagers to celebrate the vessel's maiden voyage with community barbecues.
Residents gathered at the barbecues to learn more about the latest vessel to enter the Alaska region and to hear Crowley's commitment to providing the safest and most environmentally sound fuel and freight delivery services in Alaska. The Sesok will continue to work along the coast throughout the season.
Jointly designed by Crowley and Diversified Marine, the Sesok, which means "beluga whale" in the native Inupiaq language, boasts 1,362 horsepower and is equipped to safely propel petroleum/freight barges in river systems throughout Alaska. In April, Crowley took delivery of the Nachik, the Sesok's sister vessel.
Crowley's shallow draft tugs are designed to operate in Alaska's rivers and coastal regions where operations are challenging due to restricted drafts and a lack of docking infrastructure. The tugs are designed to operate at a draft of just three feet, six inches.