Friday, July 19, 2013

State-of-the-Art Harley Marine Tug Arrives at POLA

Harley Marine Services has brought its most powerful and environmentally friendly tug boat to service the Port of Los Angeles.

The Robert Franco, which arrived in Los Angeles in early July, is one of two Z-drive tractor tugs constructed for Harley Marine by Whidbey Island, Washington based Nichols Bros. Boat Builders. The Robert Franco joins four other tugs in the fleet that assist cargo vessels and tankers in and out of the San Pedro Bay port complex.

“The arrival of this state-of-the-art tug exemplifies our commitment to safety, the environment and providing the most advanced and dependable service to our customers,” Harley Marine Services Chairman and CEO Harley Franco said in a statement.

The Robert Franco features Tier III engines and shore-side electrical power plug-in capabilities.  Tier III engines, which are still years away from being required by law, reduce nitrogen oxides and particulate matter amounts by 90 percent compared to Tier 0 engines.

The Robert Franco is also equipped with 6,800 horsepower and provides 91 tons of bollard pull. Additionally, the vessel has state-of-the-art marine electronics, tow winches and fire and safety equipment.

Her sister ship, the M/V Ahbra Franco, is expected to enter service this summer. Both vessels were designed by Seattle-based Jensen Maritime.