Harley Marine Services announced the construction of two new ship handling vessels to be built at Diversified Marine in Portland, Ore. The two tugs are sister class vessels to the previously built Michelle Sloan and Lela Franco, and will add to the company's fleet presence on the West Coast.
The vessels will each have a length of 80', a beam of 36' and a depth of 16'-8" and are capable of producing 70 short tons of bollard pull.
Each vessel is equipped with two CAT 3516, Tier 3 propulsion engines, for a total of approximately 5,200 horsepower, and two Caterpillar C7.1, Tier 3 generators. These engines reduce NOx and particulate matter, from Tier 2 models by 74 percent.
The vessels are each equipped with a Markey bow winch, a barge handling stern winch, and Shibata fendering. In addition, for crew protection, sound proofing material has been added to the bulkheads and decks to improve the quality of life onboard the vessels. A closed-circuit TV (CCTV) system will be installed in the engine rooms and can be accessed from the wheelhouse or ashore for management to monitor.
Harley Franco, Chairman and CEO of Harley Marine Services
, announced last week, “It gives me great pleasure to name these two tugs after our long-time board member, Rich Padden and the esteemed, Dr. Hank Kaplan of Swedish Cancer Institute". The vessels will be named Rich Padden and Dr. Hank Kaplan.
Richard Padden has been an instrumental leader at Harley Marine Services since inception, serving as a board member and guiding the company through 30 years of growth. As a leader of the community, Padden sits on the Rainier Scholars' Board of Trustees, which strives to eliminate barriers for students of color that do not have the same access to educational advancement opportunities as their peers. In addition, Padden and his wife Laurie were original co-founders of the Cystic Fibrosis Seattle Guild, which has raised more than $100 million for CF research.
Dr. Kaplan is a leading medical specialist for fighting cancer. In 1984, The Kaplan Cancer Research Fund started after Dr. Kaplan received grants while researching experimental drug trials. Harley Marine's annual golf tournament has raised an additional $1.5 million so that Dr. Kaplan can continue his life-saving research.
“These two gentleman are true champions of great causes and friends of Harley Marine Services. We are honored to name these vessels after them,” Franco said.
The new tugs will support Harley Marine’s ship assist and tanker escort business on the West Coast by providing more horsepower and strength to the ports.