Harley Tractor Tug 'Robert Franco' Launched

Press Release
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders has launched the first of two tractor tugs they have contracted with Harley Marine Services.

The new tugboat will be delivered to Harley Marine Services in mid April 2013.

The Tractor Tug, a Jensen Maritime of Seattle, Washington design, is ABS load line certified. It has two Caterpillar 3516C diesel engines coupled to the Rolls Royce z-drive system and it is also equipped with two Cat C9 generators.

The propulsion package will produce over 90 tons of bollard pull with a combined horsepower of 6,770, giving the tug exceptional pulling power and maneuverability. The vessel is outfitted with Mackay Marine Electronics, Technicold by Northern Lights HVAC system, two Markey winches, one forward for ship assist and one aft for towing and a Smith Berger tow pin aft.

Harley Marine Services, Inc. Harley Marine Services is a leading provider of marine transportation services in the United States, operating on the United States West Coast (including Alaska), New York Harbor, the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mississippi River System.

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is a steel and aluminum shipyard with nearly 50 years experience on Whidbey Island, in Washington State,  specializing in vessel construction, repair and major conversions.

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