Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Harley Marine Adding 2 Tugs to Fleet

By Mark Edward Nero

Seattle-based Harley Marine Services said March 20 that it has received delivery of one new ship-handling vessel and is expected to add another to its fleet in the coming months.

The Michelle Sloan was delivered to Harley Marine on March 20, and her sister vessel, the Lela Franco, is currently being built at Diversified Marine of Portland, Oregon, for delivery in about three months, according to Harley Marine.

Each tug is expected to operate in the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors.

Both vessels are designed with a length of 80 feet, a beam of 36 feet and a depth of 16 feet, eight inches. They will be powered with about 5,200 horsepower and have the ability to achieve sixty-five tons of bollard pull.

Each vessel will also equipped with two CAT 3516, Tier III engines and two 125kw John Deere 6068, Tier III generators. The engines, according to Harley, reduce NOx and particulate matter by 74 percent from a Tier II engine.

The Michelle Sloan, according to Harley Marine, is equipped with a Markey bow winch, a barge handling stern winch, and Shibata fendering. Soundproofing material was added to the bulkheads and decks to improve life onboard the vessel for the crew.

Additionally, a closed circuit TV (CCTV) has been installed to the engine room for semi-automation, and can be accessed from the wheelhouse or ashore for management to monitor.

“The vessels are being built with the most technically and environmentally advanced equipment available and will exceed all regulatory, internal, and customers’ needs and expectations,” Harley Marine said in a statement.