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LOCKPORT, La – In a ceremony held at Crowley’s Jacksonville, Florida office, Bollinger Shipyards executive vice president, new construction, Chris Bollinger, presented a model of the new Ocean class tug to Crowley’s, president, chairman and CEO, Tom Crowley.
Crowley has contracted with Bollinger to build four (4) of the new Ocean class design tugs, with the first vessel scheduled to be delivered from Bollinger Marine Fabricators in the 4th quarter of 2011.
The Ocean class towing vessel is a new design featuring a length of 146-ft (44.4m), breadth of 46-ft (14m) and depth of 26-ft (7.92m), dynamic positioning (DP-1), powered by (2) Caterpillar C-280-12 Tier II engines, developing 10,880 BHP and have the ability to be upgraded to Tier III or IV, to meet future environmental standards. The vessels are outfitted with twin-screw, controllable-pitch propellers in nozzles and high lift rudders for a combination of performance and fuel economy for towing and anchor handling. The hull is double-hulled, which is designed to prevent any overboard discharges of fuel or fluids. All tanks containing liquids are inboard of the side shell. The vessels are classed Maltese Cross A-1, Towing and AMS, USCG, SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Fi-Fi 1 firefighting standards, Green Passport, International Load Line Certificate.
The design also features ergonomic accommodations and comforts proven to minimize fatigue and reduce injuries of the crew. These next generation towing vessels are a unique design that is a combined effort from Bollinger’s engineering department, Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime Consultants and Crowley’s Vessel Management Services.
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