A pair of inland river towboats, the ‘Granite Point’ and the ‘Ryan Point’, have been christened by Tidewater Transportation and Terminals in Washington State, USA.
CT Marine designed the pair which will operate on the Columbia Snake River System. Both of the towboats were built by Vigor its Portland shipyard.
The first vessel in the series, ‘Crown Point’, was christened in June of 2015 and has been in operation for over a year. The ‘Granite Point’ recently began journeying upriver, and the ‘Ryan Point’ will follow suit in early July.
The three sister vessels are 31 metres long, 11.5 metres in beam, with a depth at full load of 3.3 metres, and a hexagonal wheelhouse with floor-to-ceiling windows on all six sides.
Each of the tugs is powered with two Caterpillar 3516C Tier 3 engines and have four main steering and four flanking rudders.