Crowley charters Tier 4 tug for POLA, POLB service

Crowley has entered into its fourth long-term charter for its newest Tier 4 ship assist tug, Artemis, with Brusco Tug & Barge. 

The powerful, state-of-the-art vessel “reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainability while providing high performance,” according to Crowley.

The 77-foot Artemis will deliver 7,000 horsepower with two Caterpillar Marine 3516 Tier 4-compliant engines that meet all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission standards. 

The tug, with a bollard pull of 96 tons, will feature advanced technology to enhance maneuverability and provide operators with remote monitoring of its performance.

Artemis will not only offer the most power for its size like its sister vessel Athena. It showcases our dedication to providing environmentally efficient services while maintaining the highest standards of performance and reliability,” said Paul Manzi, vice president, Crowley Shipping. “We are grateful to continue collaborating with Brusco Tug & Barge and Diversified Marine to bring new vessels that advance the industry’s capabilities.”

Following its Tier 4 sister vessels built by Diversified Marine – Athena, Apollo, and HerculesArtemis will join Crowley’s established ship assist and escort fleet later this year and will be deployed to serve the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“We are proud of our Hercules-class tugs and pleased to continue our partnership with Crowley and Brusco Tug & Barge,” said Frank Manning, president, Diversified Marine. 

Artemis, he added, “will be the sixth DMI-built tug in Crowley’s fleet and the eleventh we have built for Brusco. Our company is based on relationships, and we are very thankful for the relationship we have with these forward-thinking operators.”