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Martinac will launch new tug Saturday

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
February 27, 2009 3:38 pm

Tacoma’s J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. will launch a new tugboat from its construction ways on the Thea Foss Waterway early Saturday morning.

The 98-foot-long tug, built for Vancouver, B.C.’s Seaspan International Ltd., is powered by two 3,000-horsepower diesel engines driving two swiveling thrusters.

The tug, the M/V Seaspan Resolution, will carry 45,000 gallons of fuel and nearly 3,600 gallons of water.

The launch is scheduled at 6 a.m. to take advantage of favorable tide conditions. Martinac’s shipyard is located on the east side of the Foss Waterway, just north of South 15th Street.

The launching should be visible from the public esplanade on the west side of the waterway.

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