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Elliott Bay Design Group, Silverback Marine Design 'Truckable' Tugboat

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 3, 2022

Credit:  Elliott Bay Design Group

Credit: Elliott Bay Design Group

Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has partnered with Tacoma-based workboat builder  Silverback Marine to design what it says is a compact yet mighty tugboat that can be transported by truck over the road. 

The truckable tug has an overall length of 25' - 10 ⅞", a beam of 14' - 6" and a draft of 3' - 4". This vessel design offers a tug that can be easily transported to job sites with enough power and maneuverability to perform push-assists. 

"With 500 horsepower, the tug will produce a bollard pull over 12,500 pounds and has a still water range of 60 nautical miles pushing approximately 10,000 pounds at 4.1 knots," EBDG said.

The design is available with either electric, hybrid, or outboard propulsion options and can be further customized to fit a specific operation. 

"This tug can be used in a fleet as an alternative to a traditional, larger vessel and offers flexibility unavailable in standard designs. This vessel can be operated with a one-person crew and does not require compliance with United States Coast Guard SubChapter M Regulations," the company explained.

Credit: Elliott Bay Design Group 

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