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TWO MORE DAMEN TUGS FOR GREAT LAKES ARE NAMED

TWO MORE DAMEN TUGS FOR GREAT LAKES ARE NAMED

Monday, January 18, 2021 

The Great Lakes Towing Company has named two new tugs, the 'Pennsylvania' and 'Wisconsin', at the Cleveland, Ohio, facility of its sister company Great Lakes Shipyard.

These are the fourth and fifth in a series of 10 Damen Stan Tug 1907 ICE harbour tugs that Great Lakes Shipyard is building for The Great Lakes Towing Company’s operations, via Damen Technical Cooperation (DTC).

Operated by two-man crews, these compact and versatile tugs deliver up to 30t bollard pull. Their relatively small size and high manoeuvrability makes them suitable for the Great Lakes region with its narrow waterways and low bridges. The tugs’ ability to operate safely in icy waters is also essential given the very cold temperatures that occur there in the winter. The vessels for The Great Lakes Towing Company are fitted with hybrid propulsion systems to minimise emissions when idling and to reduce main engine lifecycle costs.

Joe Starck, president, Great Lakes Towing Company, paid tribute to the resilience shown by the employees of the shipyard in completing the tugs despite the many challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new tugs are replacing four existing boats from the Towing Company’s fleet that are being retired under a modernisation programme, which was initiated largely in response to the US Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations from 2016. The new tugs will operate throughout the Great Lakes and up into the St. Lawrence Seaway. The first Damen Stan Tug 1907 ICE for The Great Lakes Towage Company entered service in July 2017 and the sixth tug in the programme will be delivered later this summer.

Great Lakes Shipyard is building the tugs under the terms of a Licensing Agreement with Damen and is the exclusive builder of Damen’s Stan Tug 1907 ICE harbour tugs in the US.

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