LOCKPORT, La…, In a ceremony held at Crowley’s Jacksonville, Florida office, Bollinger executive vice president, new construction, Chris Bollinger, presented a model of the new Ocean class tug to Crowley’s, president, chairman and CEO, Tom Crowley.
“We are pleased to unveil this model of the new Ocean class design for Crowley, as they expand their fleet with additional high-quality tugs to meet the needs of their clients. We look forward to the delivery and christening of the Ocean Wave and sister ships Ocean Wind, Ocean Sun and Ocean Sky,” said Chris Bollinger, executive vice president new construction, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.
Crowley has contracted with Bollinger to build four (4) of the new Ocean class design tugs, with the first vessel scheduled to be delivered from Bollinger Marine Fabricators in the 4th quarter of 2011.
“We are continuing to make the investments necessary to address the needs of our customers who are looking for best-in-class, modern and environmentally friendly equipment,” said Tom Crowley Jr., chairman, president and CEO. “Crowley has always been an industry leader in tug design, technology and performance, and these new vessels are a reflection of our continued commitment to that.”
The Ocean class towing vessel is a new design featuring a length of 146-ft (44.4m), breadth of 46-ft (14m) and depth of 26-ft (7.92m), dynamic positioning (DP-1), powered by (2) Caterpillar C-280-12 Tier II engines, developing 10,880 BHP and have the ability to be upgraded to Tier III or IV, to meet future environmental standards. The vessels are outfitted with twin-screw, controllable-pitch propellers in nozzles and high lift rudders for a combination of performance and fuel economy for towing and anchor handling. The hull is double-hulled, which is designed to prevent any overboard discharges of fuel or fluids. All tanks containing liquids are inboard of the side shell. The vessels are classed Maltese Cross A-1, Towing and AMS, USCG, SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Fi-Fi 1 firefighting standards, Green Passport, International Load Line Certificate.
The design also features ergonomic accommodations and comforts proven to minimize fatigue and reduce injuries of the crew. These next generation towing vessels are a unique design that is a combined effort from Bollinger’s engineering department, Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime Consultants and Crowley’s Vessel Management Services.
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. (www.bollingershipyards.com) is a leading designer and builder of ocean- going tug boats, double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats and barges, fast military patrol boats and other steel and aluminum products from its three new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 12 shipyards and all are strategically located between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 31 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.