Crescent Towing recently took delivery of the M/V Angus R. Cooper II, a new 6,000 hp, Tier 4 z-drive tugboat constructed at Blakeley BoatWorks in Mobile, Ala., for their ship assist operations in the Port of Savannah, Ga.

The 92’x38’x19’ tug is named in recognition of the longtime chairman and CEO of The Cooper Group, the parent company of Crescent and Blakely. It’s powered by twin Caterpillar 3516E tier 4 engines, each producing 3,004 hp to power Kongsberg 255 fixed pitch azimuthing drives (z-drives). 

Welcome Aboard the Angus R. Cooper II from The Cooper Group on Vimeo.

“Surprising my father by naming our newest and most technologically advanced tugboat after him was a high privilege for a proud son and memory that I will forever cherish,” said Scott H. Cooper, president of Crescent Towing. “My father’s impact on our industry and The Cooper Group will be realized for generations and with the naming of this special vessel, I’m honored to recognize the wonderful legacy that he continues to build every day.”

“The Port of Savannah continues to experience transformative growth, and our deployment of the M/V Angus R. Cooper II, our newest and most technologically advanced tugboat, marks another important step in our continued commitment to best foster the port’s growth and ensure the safest and most efficient ship assist operations,” said Keith Kettenring, executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Crescent Towing.

“Constructing the M/V Angus R. Cooper II, the first of a series of world-class ship assist towing vessels that Blakeley BoatWorks is building for Crescent Towing, is a new high-water mark for our company,” said Swathin Kannalath, managing director of Blakeley BoatWorks.

The Angus R. Cooper II achieves ABS FFV1 class notation with firefighting systems main engine driven fire pump and twin remotely operated fire monitors, each capable of 5,230 gpm output at 145 psi.

The vessel is built to ABS classification Maltese cross, A-1 towing, AMS, full ocean service, FFV1, international load line, UWILD, and escort class towing. The tug, designed by Crowley Engineering Services, has a fuel capacity of 44,193 gallons and a potable water capacity of 16,862 gallons.

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