The construction of two new tractor tugs has begun at Diversified Marine in Portland, Oregon. The twin sister tugs, designed by Robert Allan, LTD, are each 80 feet in length, with approximately 5,200 horsepower and a 65 tons bollard pull. They are expected to be completed in March and June of 2015.
Harley Marine Services has chosen to name the tugs the Michelle Sloan and the Lela Franco after two remarkable women that are very important to the company. Michelle Sloan is a longtime family friend of Chairman and CEO, Harley Franco and his wife, Lela. Michelle is currently battling breast cancer and she has been a tremendous community supporter and philanthropist. The other tug, Lela Franco, is named after Harley Franco's wife. Lela has made many contributions to Harley Marine in the areas of culture, core values, office design and commitment to the environment.
These vessels will be the fifth and sixth new built tractor tugs added to the HMS fleet in just less than two years, bringing the West Coast ship assist fleet to lucky number thirteen. The vessels will enhance Harley Marine's ship assist and tanker escort business by bringing more horsepower and presence to the market.