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Crowley Takes Supply Of New Compact Escort Tug

The ship assistance and port escort from Crowley Maritime Corp. has acquired Apollo, a powerful and manoeuvrable tractor with the most compact size in the USA

The tug has completed the final equipment at ship builder Diversified Marine Inc. in Portland, Oregon and will soon be deployed in San Francisco Bay. Like its Crowley-operated sister tug Hercules, the Apollo was built by Robert Allen Ltd. Developed as the nation’s most powerful tugboat under 80 feet by 78 feet in length with an estimated bollard pull of 94 tons.

As sustainability requirements become more important and container ships get larger in California and other ports, Apollo will be well suited for the Bay Area market. The ship’s bio-fueled, fuel efficient, and lower carbon footprint results from a pair of Caterpillar Marine 3516 Tier IV compliant engines that meet federal and state of California environmental regulations.

“With all of the congestion in the ports of California, customer performance is a major concern. Crowley’s newest tug will continue to make port escort and ship assistance efficient for ship operators while meeting and exceeding current sustainability requirements, “said Crowley Vice President Paul Manzi. “Maneuverability improves safety and enables more efficient service.”

“With Apollo we have a rare blend of high performance with an efficient design with a lower carbon footprint. It is groundbreaking in California and shows the industry what is possible in light of the current surge in sustainability, ”added Manzi.