Western Towboat Gets A N e w Titan

This past June, Western Towboat launched its largest piece of high-performance machinery to date: the 120-ft (36.6 m) Gulf Titan. The vessel, which is 12 ft. (3.7 m) longer than Western's two previous builds, the Western Titan and Pacific Titan, was built with design assistance from Jensen Maritime, Seattle.

The added length will improve seakeeping characteristics and increase fuel capacity by 40,000 gallons (151,600 L), according to the company. In addition, a new five-blade propeller design with added pitch is expected to coax an extra 2,000 lbs. of bollard pull from the twin Z-drive propulsion system with highperformance nozzles.

Gulf Titan was to enter service in late- July, towing a 14,000 long ton displacement combination railcar/container barge between Seattle and Whittier, Alaska. Propulsion power comes from two Cat 3516B High Displacement marine diesel engines supplied by N C Power Systems, Seattle. Each electronically controlled Cat engine is rated 2,260 bhp (1,686 bkW) at 1,600 rpm, and drives an Ulstein Z-drive with Nautican propeller and nozzle.

Gulf Titan is equipped with a Norwegian Rapp-Hydema tow winch holding 2,600 ft. (793 m) of 2.25 in. (57 mm) wire. Two 1,800 rpm Cat 3306B engines provide auxiliary power: one turns a refurbished Cat 135 kW generator, and the other powers a 120 kW Newage generator and a front-engine PTO-mounted hydraulic drive for the tow winch.

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