Good friends with the family that own LA Carriers,inc. they have a couple of their newer tugs powered with Mitsubishi V-12 engines and have no ill reports as of yet. http://www.lacarriers.net/vessels.aspx
They ran great and were really efficient on the Tug Miss Lis.
Yeah Dom says he has no issues with them. I have heard others state they had problems with exhaust leaks but who knows if that was engine failure or improper installation or poor exhaust system all together.
Engines shut down then he lost steering after getting his engines back online. That boat has outside control station and he was driving the hell out of it. Got pics of that too. It probably could have been worse. The tow wire broke so we dropped the hook. He lost power after passing the new bridle to us he hit us several times during that evolution. The second we got the wire attached he lost power. Then the engines come back on but his rudder is obviously stuck hard over. As he is trying to regain control he is drifting down on us bow to bow. His bow is a few foot off our port side and he drifts right over his wire. As it pulls tight the tug starts rolling over and he twin screws out of it. Then ends up dangling by his tow wire bouncing of our port side. The wire is clearly seen in the above photo. He pays out a bunch of slack and we throw the wire over and he drifted off. That boat was under powered for the tow job to start then the engines died on him.
Would have been before the repowering then, sounds like a bad day, and doesn't sound like Dom was driving. The biggest tow I worked on with her was probably the 380 asphalt barge from NYC to Categena...