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tugs & barges Jensen Maritime is refining the Valor design for two new ASD tugs being built for Harley Marine Services REFINING A CLASSIC Jensen, nichols Brothers team to upgrade new tugs for harley marine Compiled by Marine Log Staff F rom 2006 to 2010, Whidbey Island, WA, shipbuilder Nichols Brothers Boat Builders constructed a series of exceptional 6,800-hp, 100 ft x 40 ft Azimuth Stern Drive tugs for Baydelta Maritime, San Francisco, CA. The Valor Class ASD tugs featured high horsepower in a compact design, large fuel capacity for long trips, and comfortable crew accommodations. Now Seattle-based naval architectural and marine engineering firm Jensen Maritime, a part of Crowley Maritime Corporation, is refining that classic Valor design for two new Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugs being built for Harley Marine Services, Inc., Seattle. The first of those two new tugs, Robert Franco, was launched last month at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. The tug was towed from Nichols Brothers’ Whidbey Island yard to Nichols Langley for final outfitting, dock and sea trials, with delivery expected sometime this month. Both the Robert Franco and its sister tug, the Ahbra Franco, are destined to provide tanker escort and ship assist services on the U.S. West Coast. The Ahbra Franco will be delivered to Harley Marine Services in July. Both tugs are named after Harley Marine Chairman & CEO Harley Franco and his wife Lela’s two children. The new tugs will each be equipped with EPA Tier 3-compliant Caterpillar 3516C main engines that will drive Rolls-Royce US 255 Z-drives. The propulsion package will produce over 90 tons of bollard pull with a combined horsepower of 6,770, giving the tug exceptional pulling power and maneuverability. The vessel is outfitted with Mackay Marine Electronics, Technicold by Northern Lights HVAC system, two Markey winches, one forward for ship assist and one aft for towing and a Smith Berger tow pin aft. The tugs will also feature an anchor windlass and chain locker, as well as a Markey TES-40 winch. Fur thermore, the new tugs w ill be equipped with some of the most advanced safety features in the industry, including a pair of 900 gal/min fire pumps and monitors that will be powered from an on-board generator. Ice plating has also been added to the hulls to ensure safety while working in light ice conditions. NEW DECK BARGE Another addition to Harley Marine’s West Coast fleet will be the Illiuliuk Bay, a new April 2013 MARINE LOG 45

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