Master Boat Builders launches hybrid tug “Spartan” for Seabulk


Seabulk hybrid tug “Spartan” launches at MBB Coden shipyard, Alabama

Posted on November 16, 2021 at 10:19 am by

The maritime executive

[By: Master Boat Builders]

Master Boat Builders, Inc. today announced that on November 1, 2021, Spartan, a hybrid electric tugboat has been launched. Delivery of this modern and unique tug, built at MBB’s Coden, Alabama, for Seabulk, is scheduled for January 2022.

“Master Boat Builders is proud to launch this state-of-the-art hybrid tugboat, which is the latest in a series of innovative, reciprocating-powered workboats that we are building as the marine industry continues to modernize its fleet.” , said Garrett Rice, President of Master Boat Builders, “With a collaborative design, engineering and construction approach from the start, we were delighted to work with our partners to develop and build this new tug for Seabulk. “

The vessel has a total length of 98 feet, a width of 43 feet and a pulling force of 90 tons. The integrated hybrid propulsion system was supplied by Thompson Tractor and includes two EPA Tier 4 certified Caterpillar 3512E main engines, each producing 2,550 horsepower and two Berg MTA 628 azimuth thrusters, three Caterpillar generators and two ABB propulsion engines and drive trains. variable frequency associated.

“We are delighted to welcome the Spartan hybrid tugboat to our fleet. It represents both the excellent work of Master Boat Builders and Seabulk’s unwavering commitment to improving the sustainability of its operations through technological advancements, ”said Daniel Thorogood, CEO of Seabulk. “This is the first of two hybrid diesel-electric vessels specially designed to reduce our future carbon emissions,” he continued.

Spartan was designed by Robert Allan Naval Architects & Marine Engineers. The tug will be built to meet USCG regulations and will be rated by the American Bureau of Shipping, including escort rating.

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