Moss Point Marine Completes Tug For Panama Canal Commission

Moss Point Marine, Inc., Escatawpa, Miss., has completed the all-steel, 105-foot harbor tug, Paz, to the Panama Canal Commission, Republic of Panama.

Original construction was begun by another shipyard which did not complete the vessel due to inclement weather and a decision by its management to concentrate on other forms of shipbuilding. When Moss Point Marine received the vessel, all systems were aboard, but not connected or tested. The shipyard therefore connected all piping and wiring, aligned the main engines, completed the carpentry and finish work, painted the vessel, and tested all systems. Built to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards, the Paz is 105 feet in length, with a 30-foot beam, and 15-foot depth. She is powered by two 12-cylinder EMD 645 diesel engines developing approximately 3,000 hp. She is equipped with two Detroit Diesel 671 diesel engines driving two 75-kw generators, and has an electrohydraulic steering control system. Kort nozzles are installed for greater thrust and maneuverability.

She is also outfitted with a 1,500-gpm fire monitor at 150 psi and has a complete rubber tendering system.

The Paz will work within the confines of the Panama Canal and the harbors at Cristobal and Balboa. She will offer assistance to large merchant and naval ships in maneuvering, entering locks, docking and undocking, and in restricted areas close to channel banks. She will also assist grounded vessels, handle floating equipment, and fight fires on water and land.

John Dane III, president of Moss Point Marine, Inc., said the entire project took 45 days to complete. "We are very proud of our work on this boat," he said, "because it is an excellent indicator of our adaptability, versatility, and speed." For more information and free literature on Moss Point Marine,

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