Diversified delivers Tier 4 tug to Crowley for Bay Area duty

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship-assist and harbor escort services group has taken delivery of Apollo, a 78-foot tugboat with an estimated 94 tons of bollard pull, from Diversified Marine Inc.

The tugboat has completed final outfitting and will deploy soon to serve San Francisco Bay. Like Hercules, its sister tug operated by Crowley, Apollo was designed by Robert Allan Ltd.

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As sustainability requirements become more important in California and other ports while containerships become larger, Apollo will be well-suited for the Bay Area market. Operating on biofuel, the vessel’s fuel efficiency and lower carbon footprint result from a pair of Caterpillar Marine 3516 Tier 4-compliant engines that meet federal mandates and the state of California’s environmental regulations.

“With all the congestion in the ports of California, performance is a No. 1 concern for customers. Crowley’s newest tug will continue to make harbor escort and ship assist efficient for ship operators while meeting and exceeding current demands for sustainability,” said Crowley Vice President Paul Manzi. “Maneuverability improves safety and allows for more efficient service.”

“With Apollo, we have a rare mix of high performance with an efficient design with lower carbon footprint. It’s leading the way in California and showing the industry what’s possible in light of the sustainability push that’s taking place,” Manzi added.

– Crowley Maritime Corp.

By Professional Mariner Staff