GEAR | Cummins repowers tug Gretchen H

MEPS WEEK

As sometimes happens with boats in the maritime world, the recent repower of a tug shone a light on a pair of well known independent companies. The tug Gretchen H (ex Harry Olsen, Polar Breeze) was built by Rodriguez Shipbuilding of Coden, Alabama in 1997 and is currently owned, since 2005, by Boyer Towing.

The Gretchen H is a good solid boat and her owners decided she was well worth a new set of engines. At 80 by 30 feet she has an eleven-foot depth. As with many tugs out of the Rodriguez yard she has triple propellers and triple engines. S

he had an older set of engines rated at 700 horsepower each. The owners decided on three new Cummins QSK19 Tier 3 compliant engines rated for 750 horsepower each at 1,800 rpm. The existing Twin Disc MG5202DC gears with their 6.1:1 ratios were a good fit for the new engines so they were retained.

Boyer did the repower itself at its own Seattle yard. The old Luggers came out and the new, bright-red Cummins machines went in. The tug performed flawlessly on sea trials and is ready to go back to work towing barges between Seattle, Wake Island, or Alaska.

For the other items in this month’s MEPS week, please click here


Baird Maritime Gear Editor

The latest maritime gear and service news from across the globe.