Gladding-Hearn Delivers Two Tugs To Bermuda's Department Of Marine

Bermuda's Department of Marine and Ports Services is responsible for all maritime services in one of the world's most popular tourist ports.

Its hectic work schedule comprises a long list of varied duties. Besides scheduling and providing pilot services.

the department is responsible for handling the numerous daily dockings of tourist and commercial shipping in the island's busy harbors.

A double dose of needed relief for the department's overtaxed fleet arrived recently with the delivery of two new 38-foot line-handling tugs.

Named the Princeton and Inspector (photo), they were designed and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding/ The Duclos Corporation of Somerset, Mass. Both boats are of all-steel construction with heavybuilt keels for added protection against possible grounding on the island's coral reefs.

Each vessel is powered by a GM Detroit Diesel 6-71N engine rated 174 bhp at 1,800 rpm, driving a Columbian propeller via a Twin Disc reduction gear with a ratio of 2.96:1 and Armco Aquamet shafting.

Engine controls are by Morse and the steering system by Hynautic.

The vessel has a top speed of 9.5 knots and bollard pull of about 4,000 pounds.

Both tugs have flush decks fitted with double 6-inch towing bitts aft, 6-inch bow bitts, and heavy Johnson Rubber tendering. Pilothouses are fully equipped and fitted with fixed windows on the house front and roof and sliding windows on the sides.

The Princeton is being used in the port of Hamilton primarily for shipdocking duty. The Inspector is in use in St. George, where her duties include ship-docking as well as navigation aid maintenance work, and yacht mooring inspections.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 34,  Jan 1986

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