Crowley’s Latest Tier IV Ship Assist Tug to Serve San Pedro Bay

Crowley Maritime’s newest Tier IV assist tug, the Artemis. Photo: Crowley.

Crowley Maritime’s newest Tier IV assist tug, Artemis, is expected to begin serving the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaports later this year.

The company announced July 31 that it has entered into its fourth long-term charter with Brusco Tug & Barge regarding the new 77-foot Tier IV ship assist tug.

The tug, constructed by Portland-based Diversified Marine, would feature 7,000 horsepower with a bollard pull of 96 tons powered by a pair of Caterpillar Marine 3516 Tier IV-compliant engines that meet EPA air emission standards.

“We are proud of our Hercules Class tugs and pleased to continue our partnership with Crowley and Brusco Tug & Barge,” Diversified Marine President Frank Manning said. “This will be the sixth DMI-built tug in Crowley’s fleet and the eleventh we have built for Brusco. (W)e are very thankful for the relationship we have with these forward-thinking operators.”

Artemis is expected to join a Crowley ship assist and escort fleet of tugs that includes Diversified Marine-built Tier IV sister vessels Athena, Apollo and Hercules.

Artemis would not only offer the most power for its size like its sister vessel Athena, it would showcase the company’s “dedication to providing environmentally efficient services while maintaining the highest standards of performance and reliability,” Crowley Shipping Vice President Paul Manzi said. “We are grateful to continue collaborating with Brusco Tug & Barge and Diversified Marine to bring new vessels that advance the industry’s capabilities.”

By Karen Robes Meeks