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Master Boat Builders to Construct Two Tugs for Moran Towing

Mike Schuler
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November 23, 2022

Master Boat Builders to CoMobile, Alabama-based Master Boat Builders will construct two new tugboats for Moran Towing Corporation.

The tugs will mark the first that Master Boat Builders will construct for Moran, one of the leading towage operators in the United States.

Construction will take place at Master Boat Builders’ shipyard in Coden, Alabama. The design is provided by Crowley Engineering Services, part of Crowley. The tugs will meet U.S. Coast Guard Sub-M regulations and will be classed through the American Bureau of Shipping.

“We look forward to working with Master Boat on this project. Master Boat has a great reputation for delivering quality equipment on a consistent basis and we hope this new contract will lead to future opportunities for collaboration between the two companies, said Sean Perreault, Vice President, Engineering Services of Moran Towing. “While we have an ongoing commitment to our traditional suppliers, our demand from customers has given us the opportunity to work with new partners that we hope will become long term relationships.”

The new tugboats will have an overall length of 86 feet, beam of 36 feet, and produce a bollard pull of over 55 metric tons. The vessel will feature two Caterpillar main engines (3512E), EPA Tier 4 certified and each producing 2549HP, along with two Kongsberg thrusters (US 205S FP), and a Markey Machinery Company bow winch (DEPC-48).

“Moran is one of the most respected tugboat operators in the US and we are honored they have chosen us to build their next set of tugs,” said Garrett Rice, President of Master Boat Builders.

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