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A tour of Crowley’s new Ocean-class tug


In October, WorkBoat editor in chief David Krapf toured Crowley Maritime Corp.’s new Ocean-class tug — the Ocean Wind — with John Ara, Crowley’s vice president, business development, and Capt. Brian Cain, captain of the Ocean Wind. 

You can watch the full video of the tour, with shots of the wheelhouse, accommodations, engine room, and more, right here:


Along with the Ocean Wave, the 146’x46’ DP-1 tugs were built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators in Amelia, La. The second pair of tugs, the Ocean Sun and Ocean Sky, will be DP-2, which involves lengthening the hull 10’ to accommodate the extra equipment. The Sun and the Sky are underway at Bollinger and are scheduled for delivery on Feb. 25 and April 19.

The new tugs are outfitted for long-range, high-capacity ocean towing, rig moves, platform and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit tows, emergency response and firefighting.

The tugs’ Caterpillar C-280 5,440-hp main engines and Cat generators are all EPA Tier II compliant. For safety, the new tugs feature waterfall-style winches, shark jaws and retractable pins that can all be controlled from the pilothouse. This will keep the deck clear of personnel and reduce the risk of accidents.

The Wave and Wind have a Berg VFD, 850-hp electric bowthruster, while the DP-2 Sun and Sky will have two Berg VFD 500-hp electric bowthrusters and a Berg 500-hp stern thruster.

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Holdings Inc., is the holding company of the 120-year-old Crowley Maritime, a privately held family and employee-owned company.




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