March 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Application Approved For Tugs And Barges To Cost $53 Million

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maritime Affairs has approved in principle the application of The Harbor Tug and Barge Company for a Title XI guarantee of obligations to aid in financing the construction of 15 barges and 8 tugs. Harbor Tug and Barge and its parent company, The Crowley Maritime Corporation, are located at 1 Market Plaza, San Francisco, Calif.


The estimated actual cost of all the vessels is $53,401,000. Each of the tugs will have an estimated actual cost of $3,002,000; the barges will range from $1,295,- 000 to $5,685,000. The first of these vessels, one of the barges, was delivered on March 22, 1976; the estimated delivery date for the last vessel, a tug, is April 13, 1977.

All of the tugs are to be built by McDermott Shipyards, Morgan City, La. Seatrain Shipbuilding Corporation, Brooklyn, N.Y., will build one barge. One of the barges will be built by Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, Pa.

and Todd Shipyards Corporation, New York, N.Y., will build 13 barges.

These vessels will be employed transporting cargo in the Alaskan trade, including the Prudhoe Bay Sealift, and in the Caribbean.

Each tug will have two diesel engines and twin screws, and will be rated at 9,000 horsepower.

They will have a length of 136 feet 2y2 inches, a beam of 36 feet, and a draft of 17 feet. Each tug will have a crew of eight.

The barge to be built by Seatrain will be an icebreaker vessel with a length of 310 feet, a beam of 104 feet, and a full load draft of 12y2 feet. It will have a gross tonnage of 4,170 tons and a deadweight capacity of 6,372 tons.

The Bethlehem barge will have a length of 400 feet, a beam of 99 feet, and a full load draft of 14 feet. Its gross tonnage will be 6,642 tons, and its deadweight capacity will be 12,500 tons.

The Todd barges will each be 250 feet long, with a beam of 76 feet and a full load draft of 13 feet. They will each have a gross tonnage of 2,637 tons and a deadweight capacity of 5,970 tons.

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