The New Arctic Titan Hits the Water
The Western Towboat Company in Seattle Washington that primarily tows containers, rails and aggregate barges up to 400ft in length, just recently launched it's 'Arctic Titan" tug. It is a sixth in a series of ASD oceangoing tugs that the company has built as an addition to its fleet of offshore and harbor tugs. The company regularly tows freight and rail car between Seattle and Alaska. Since many Alaska ports do not have assist tugs available, the maneuverability and reliability of the ASD tugs makes for a much more reliable schedule for the ports in the harsh weather of the region.
'Arctic Titan' is the seventeenth vessel the company has constructed and is the latest in the 'Titan' class and was constructed in conjunction with Jensen Maritime Consultant. The 'Arctic Titan will hit the water and begin service in the spring of 2012.
The 'Arctic Titan' is 120ft in length with a draft of 20ft and a beam of 35ft. The tug features crew quarters, galley, a main deckhouse with captains stateroom, axillary machinery space and storage cabinets. The 'Arctic Titan is powered by two Caterpillar C 175 Tier III engines rated at 2830HP each @ 1600RPM connected by carbon shafts to the Schottel SRP-1515 azimuthing drive units. Each unit swings a 4 blade, 104" diameter stainless propeller which produces an estimated bollard pull of 90 tons. There are also two axillary Caterpillar C9 engines with 100 KW generators as well as hydraulic power for the tow and headline winch. The tow winch is a Rapp Hydema with capacity for 4000' of 2 1/4" tow wire on a single drum.
Western Towboat has building and designing tugs for over 30+ years. The company employs carpenters, welders, fitters, machinists and mechanics that build the tugs from the keel on up.