(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — BAE Systems this week delivered the tug Sea Power to Seabulk Tankers Inc. Built at BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Fla., shipyard, Sea Power will be used to enhance Seabulk Tankers’ Jones Act coastal operation, powering barges that safely transport chemical and petroleum products between U.S. ports.
Sea Power is a 141-foot-long, 12,000-brake horsepower, twin-screw tug that will work in tandem with a high-specification, 30,000-deadweight-ton chemical tank barge as an articulated tug-barge unit. BAE Systems and Guido Perla & Associates Inc. of Seattle, Wash., designed the vessel.
Earlier this year, the Jacksonville shipyard delivered the final ship in a class of four platform supply vessels to Jackson Offshore Operators. That ship, M/V Squall, also operates in Jones Act service to the U.S. coastal trade.
BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul for the U.S. Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers. The company operates seven full-service shipyards in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia, and offers a highly skilled work force, eight dry docks, and significant pier space and ship support services.
Seabulk Tankers, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., operates and leases U.S.-flagged petroleum and chemical carriers. Seabulk Tankers’ fleet transports crude oil, petroleum products, and specialty chemicals in both the domestic and foreign trades.