Great Lakes Shipyard awarded $23 million tug contract

Caribbean Tugz LLC, an affiliate of SEACOR Holdings Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has awarded a $23 million contract to Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, to build two state-of-the-art 50-ton-bollard-pull ASD tugs.

The 92’x38’16’9”, 4,640-hp tugs will be used for shipdocking and escort at the Hovensa Oil Refinery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The tugs are scheduled for completion in early 2013.

Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants Inc., Seattle, the tugs will be built to American Bureau of Shipping standards, and are purpose-built for ship assist, escort, and firefighting duties. The tugs will be uniquely constructed to meet the wide range of operational parameters typical in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. The tug is outfitted with a pair of Caterpillar C280-6 Tier 2 diesel engines, rated at 2,320 hp at 900 rpm each, and two Rolls-Royce US 205FP Z-drives with 90”-dia. wheels. The package will give each tug an estimated running speed of 12 knots.

For firefighting, there’s a pair of 5,200-gpm monitors with foam storage.

Caribbean Tugz will charter the new tugs to Hovensa under a long-term bareboat charter contract. Hovensa, the eighth largest oil refinery in the world with a capacity of over 500,000 bpd, is a joint venture between Hess Oil Corp. and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.

Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Towing Company, is a full-service shipyard specializing in new construction, repairs, and modifications of all types of workboats and barges. A $24.5 million expansion project is currently underway at the shipyard, which includes a new 770-ton Marine Travelift, the largest on the Great Lakes.

Recent deliveries include two 70-foot aluminum research vessels for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center.

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