Built at BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Florida, shipyard, the Sea Power will be used to enhance Seabulk Tankers’ Jones Act coastal operation, powering barges that safely transport chemical and petroleum products between U.S. ports.
“We are proud to deliver Sea Power to our customer Seabulk Tankers and believe that the vessel will provide outstanding service for many years to come,” said David Thomas, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair. “Our collaborative relationship with Seabulk Tankers and the dedication of our highly-skilled shipbuilders made this ship delivery possible.”
Tug Sea Power - Image courtesy: BAE Systems
The Sea Power is a 141-foot-long, 12,000-brake horsepower, twin-screw tug that will work in tandem with a high-specification, 30,000 deadweight tonnage chemical tank barge as an articulated tug and barge unit. BAE Systems and Guido Perla & Associates, Inc., of Seattle, Washington, designed the vessel.
Earlier this year, the Jacksonville shipyard delivered the final ship in a class of four platform supply vessels to Jackson Offshore Operators. That ship, the MV Squall, also operates in Jones Act service to the U.S. coastal trade.
BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul for the U.S. Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers. The company operates seven full-service shipyards in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia, and offers a highly skilled workforce, eight dry docks, and significant pier space and ship support services.
Seabulk Tankers, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, operates and leases U.S.-flagged petroleum and chemical carriers. Seabulk Tankers’ fleet transports crude oil, petroleum products, and specialty chemicals in both the domestic and foreign trades.
Source: BAE Systems