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Tugging Across The Seas

Repower enables tug to tow non-stop for seven weeks

Posted on May 2, 2014

For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde Products has supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier 2 engines rated at 3728 kW for the tug Rhea.

For its maiden voyage, the Rhea towed a huge piece of oil-field equipment from Texas, U.S.A., to the Cape Verde Islands off of Africa before moving on to Nigeria. The boat towed continuously for 7 weeks, Smith Maritime said.

Smith Maritime's vessels operate primarily between the U.S., the Caribbean and South America. The company's services include ocean and coastal towing; pipe and cable laying; submersible operations; cargo and dredge ops; demolition; harbor, anchor and buoy handling; and salvage and rescue.    

Laborde, the largest Mitsubishi Marine distributor in North America, said Mitsubishi engines typically offer larger displacement and more mass than other engines. The company distributes Mitsubishi, Yanmar and Hatz diesel engines, Iveco gen-sets, and packages its own diesel-powered generators and other custom diesel equipment.