State of the Art Tractor Tug Patriot

By MarEx 2014-06-03 16:52:00

Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC will host a private dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 12 to debut its new state-of-the-art tugboat, Patriot, at Port Tampa Bay. The Patriot is one of the few tugboats in the United States with open ocean firefighting capabilities spraying nearly 12,000 gallons per minute at a distance of 400 feet.

Built in East Boothbay, Maine, the 93’ long, 5000 horsepower tugboat equipped with two Tier 3 sixteen cylinder Caterpillar engines and two Rolls-Royce Z-drives will add to the continued growth at all ports and facilities on Tampa Bay and provide additional fire-fighting capabilities in the port and on open water.

“We are thrilled to debut the first new tug to the Marine Towing fleet in over six years,” says Stephen Swindal, partner of Marine Towing of Tampa, "The Patriot, and all of its state-of-the-art capabilities will help Marine Towing of Tampa better serve Port Tampa Bay, Port Manatee and all of Tampa Bay."

Marine Towing of Tampa was founded by a group of local towing professionals in October 1999.  In 2007, Steve Swindal became a majority shareholder of Marine Towing of Tampa.  Swindal was appointed to the Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners by Florida Governor Charlie Crist and reappointed by Governor Rick Scott.  He currently serves as board Chairman.

Marine Towing of Tampa has one of the youngest average fleet age in the harbor tug business. The fleet is exclusively made up of high-horsepower tractor tugs designed specifically to work in close quarters. 

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