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July 24, 2019 | WorkBoat
The Great Lakes Towing Co., Cleveland, celebrated its 120th anniversary with the christening of its newest tug, the 64’x24’x11′ Michigan. The new tug is the third in a series of five Damen 1907 ICE design harbor tugs that Great Lakes Shipyard is building for Great Lakes Towing.
The tug is powered by two 1,000-hp MTU 8V4000 Tier 3 diesel engines and generates over 30 tons of bollard pull. Its propulsion system includes a Logan FlexaDrive Hybrid power system, allowing the tug to operate on electric power while at idle, underway at low speeds, or when under low loads, without the need to utilize the main engines, reducing emissions and the cost of engine maintenance.
“The new tugs demonstrate our commitment to the shipping industry on the Great Lakes and to our customers. It is our mission to provide the highest level of service to the vessels and companies we work for. The new tugs will allow us to continue to do just that…but even better: cleaner, safer, and even more dependable," Joe Starck, president, said.