Bay-Houston Expands Harbor Towing Fleet

Bay-Houston Towing Company recently placed into service the C.R. Haden, another powerful harbor tug for regular use at ports on the Texas coast. The 3,200-hp C.R. Haden provides the power needed for towing, maneuvering and docking the newer and larger tankers, LASH and containerships calling at ports along the Texas Gulf coast.

Fitted with Kort nozzles and twin screws, the C.R. Haden is designed to work equally well under confined harbor conditions, in narrow ship channels, or offshore.

The tug is classified by the American Bureau of Shipping for ocean service.

Power is supplied for the 96- foot by 32-foot vessel by two Polar Nohab 4-cycle, V-8 diesel engines. And the heavy-duty hull is designed for safe, efficient work while moving astern as well as forward. The twin rudders, twin screws and Kort nozzles provide the helmsman excellent control of the tug at all times, even under the most adverse towing conditions.

Other design features include full 360-degree visability for the helmsman, a narrow deckhouse allowing the tug to work vessels with pronounced bow flare, and a modern firefighting foam system.

Electronics on the C.R. Haden include single sideband and VHF radios, loran, radar, and a recording digital readout Fathometer.

Crew comfort and efficiency are enhanced by fully air-conditioned, modern quarters, and a complete stainless-steel galley. Environmental protection is maintained through the use of holding tanks and other USCG-approved waste disposal devices.

The C.R. Haden was designed by J.L. Bludworth of Houston, Texas, and built by Todd Shipyards at Galveston.

Bay-Houston Towing Company provides harbor and coastwise towing in the ports of Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Freeport, and Texas City.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 35,  Jan 1978

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