A US$10M tug will be employed in Seattle to tow barges for onward transportation to Alaska
Western Towboat is expanding its towage capabilities on the North American Pacific coast by building a new harbour tug in Seattle, US.
This tug, to be named Mariner, was launched into Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal this month from Western Towboat’s own shipyard after two years of construction work.
It will become this family-owned business’s 23rd tug and the 19th built at its Ballard shipyard, according to The Seattle Times.
Mariner is thought to have cost around US$10M to construct. This 24.3-m, 330-tonne tug has a 4.6 m draught. It will have a pair of Caterpillar main engines, each rated at 1,490 kW.
It was built as a harbour tug for handling barges around Seattle. Now it is launched into the canal it will be completed ready to enter service before the end of Q3 2019.
Western Towboat was established in 1948 by the Shrewsbury family and primarily operates tugs and barges from Seattle to Alaska, including Puget Sound and out to the Aleutian Islands.
It also transport barges to the Hawaiian Islands and down to the Panama Canal.
Its last newbuild delivery was Bering Titan, which made its maiden voyage in December 2016 to southeast Alaska for towing partner Alaska Marine Lines.