Marco To Build 75-Foot Tug For Hawaiian Island Service
Marco of Seattle, Wash., primarily known as a builder of fishing boats, has signed a contract for the construction of a 75-foot twinscrew tugboat. The Shipyard Division has recently increased its emphasis in the workboat fields as evidenced by its installation of an 1,800-ton-capacity floating drydock and a major increase in tugboat repair work in the yard.
The new all-steel vessel, to be known as the Naupaka, will be built for Mid Pacific Towing, Limited, of Honolulu, Hawaii. The tug's primary use will be for interisland towing for the petroleum industry, but she will also perform ship-assist work and offshore mooring equipment servicing.
The vessel design is by Marco's Naval Architecture Division, headed by Bruce O.
Whittemore, and is a refinement of previously built Marco tugs. She will have a beam of 26 feet 6 inches (8 meters), a molded depth of 12 feet 6 inches (3.8 meters), and a draft of 10 feet (3 meters). The vessel's two Caterpillar 398TA diesel main engines will provide a total of 1,500 hp driving a pair of 84-inch, 4- blade, stainless propellers. A Markey TYS-24 single-drum hydraulic towing winch will be installed.
Galley, mess, and berthing facilities will be provided for a crew of seven. The vessel will be completed in early October of this year, and the owners plan to put her into service in Hawaii before the first of November.