Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Marcon Brokers Sale of Two Crowley Tugs

By Mark Edward Nero

Coupeville, Washington-based shipbroker Marcon International says that it has facilitated the sale of two Crowley Marine Services 3,500 BHP twin screw, low profile harbor docking and coastwise tugs Spartan and Saturn to private US West Coast buyers.

Both Red Stack tugs were originally built for Crowley in 1969 by Mangone Shipbuilding of Houston.
The 91-foot by 29-foot  Spartan and Saturn were built as slightly larger and higher horsepower versions of the ApolloJupiter and Hercules built by Mangone two years earlier that also featured a low profile house and large aft deck.

The Spartan and Saturn are each powered by a pair of CAT 3516 diesels totaling 3,500 BHP at 1,800 RPM with Lufkin 7:1 gears and fixed pitch, 5-blade stainless steel open props developing a bollard pull of 54,800 lbs ahead and 40,900 lbs astern. Both boats were repowered from CAT D399s in 1994.

Towing gear consists of a Skagit RB-90 double drum waterfall winch with a capacity of 1,600 feet of 1.75-inch wire on each drum plus a 600 feet of 9-inch circ. emergency tow line.

The tugs were working in San Diego at the time of the sale and are being replaced by more modern tugs.

Marcon International, which acted as sole broker in the sale, says it has handled a number of sales and purchases for the buyer as well as over a hundred sales and purchases for seller.