Pacific Maritime Magazine - Marine Business for the Operations Sector

Nichols Brothers Delivering Kirby Tugs

 

June 1, 2017

The first of two tugs being built for Kirby Offshore Marine, Mount Baker, is slid into the water at the Nichols Brothers yard on Whidbey Island. Photo courtesy of Nichols Brothers.

Whidbey Island-based Nichols Brothers Boat Builders has delivered the 120-foot by 35-foot tugboat Mount Baker to Kirby Offshore Marine as the first of two twin-screw tugs the yard is building for the company. A sister, Mount Drum, will join Kirby's fleet in November.

Both boats have been designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle and are fully ABS classed, including UWILD notation, and are compliant with USCG Subchapter C regulations.

Propulsion is provided by twin 2,337-hp Caterpillar 3516C engines driving NautiCAN fixed-pitched propellers set within nozzles through Reintjes reduction gears. Deck machinery includes one TESD-34 Markey tow winch, one CEW-60 Markey electric capstan, and one M&S Marine Solutions Tow Pin.

 
 

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