Crowley Charters Newbuild Tug from Brusco

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

March 20, 2020

(Photo: Crowley)

(Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Maritime Corp said Friday its 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 Diversified Marine in Portland, Ore., for Brusco. The 82-foot, 6,000-horsepower tug is powered by twin Caterpillar 3516E (2240kw@1,800rpm) U.S. EPA Tier IV-compliant engines. The engines drive two Caterpillar MTA627 azimuth stern drive (ASD) thrusters with 2.7m Prop, and provide 81 tons of bollard pull while still remaining nimble while assisting ships.

Crowley noted the Tier IV engines are environmentally friendly and fuel efficient, while maximizing performance, and exceed federal and the State of California’s environmental regulations.

“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 tug will enter 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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