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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Crowley Takes Delivery of First High-Bollard-Pull Ocean Class Tugboat, Ocean Wave

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Crowley Maritime Corp. today took delivery of the Ocean Wave, the first 
of four high-bollard-pull Ocean Class tugboats under construction at 
Bollinger Shipyards in Amelia, La.
Jacksonville, Fla. (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
Crowley Maritime Corp. today took delivery of the Ocean Wave, the first 
of four high-bollard-pull Ocean Class tugboats under construction at 
Bollinger Shipyards in Amelia, La.
“Taking delivery of this first ocean-class tug is a significant milestone 
for Crowley and our customers who will benefit from its use on 
their projects,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman, president 
and CEO. “These Jensen Maritime-designed towing vessels – 
three of which are under construction at Bollinger – are a new generation 
of powerful, high-tech and environmentally friendly workhorses for 
Crowley that will further solidify our standing as an industry leader in 
ocean towing, salvage and offshore marine support for the upstream 
energy industry.”
The second Ocean Class vessel, Ocean Wind, is expected to be delivered
later this year.
Crowley’s Ocean Class tugs are modern ocean towing twin-screw 
vessels with controllable pitch propellers (CPP) in nozzles, high lift 
rudders and more than 150 MT bollard pull. The first two Ocean 
Class vessels, the Ocean Wave and Ocean Wind, are classed 
as Dynamic Positioning 1(DP1) tugboats and are twin-screw, 
steel-hulled tugs with an overall length of 146 ft, beam of 46 ft, 
hull depth of 25 ft and design draft of 21 ft. The second two 
tugs of the class, Ocean Sky and Ocean Sun, will be classed as 
DP2 and will be 10 feet longer.
"These new boats will be workhorses for our valued upstream 
energy customers and for companies and government entities needing 
long-range, high-capacity, ocean towing along with salvage and 
emergency response support,” said Crowley.
The tugs will be ideally suited to work with Crowley's new 
455-series heavy lift deck barges, which measure 400 feet by 
105 feet and offer increased stability for loads up to 4,200 
pounds per square foot. Additionally, the tugs will be outfitted 
for, and capable of, rig moves, platform and Floating Production, 
Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit tows, emergency response 
and firefighting. These Ocean class vessels will also have the 
capability to support salvage and rescue towing opportunities. 
Additional Ocean Class vessel specs can be accessed online here.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company 
of the 120-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a 
privately held family and employee-owned company. The 
company provides project solutions, transportation and
 logistics services in domestic and international markets by 
means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/
Logistics Services, Petroleum ServicesMarine Services and
 Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of 
business are: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing 
and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; 
salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage 
subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval 
architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government 
services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, 
distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, 
its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet 
Source: Houston Chronicle, USA.

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