MTU powers Significant Boats
4/23/2018 | Words: Nicole Pelto, Bryan Mangum | Pictures: Great Lakes Towing, E.N. Bisso, San Francisco Bay Ferry
Every year, WorkBoat magazine chooses ten Significant Boats—newly built commercial vessels that “stand out as models for the industry.” In 2017, three of the boats named to the prestigious list are powered by MTU: the Cleveland and Gladys B tugboats, along with the Hydrus ferry.
Measuring 65 feet long with a 24-foot beam and 11-foot draft, the Cleveland handles massive Great Lakes freighters at the port of Cleveland. It is the first of ten Damen Stan Tug 1907 ICEs to be built for Great Lakes Towing, and the first Damen tug under license in the United States. Built by Great Lakes Shipyard, the Cleveland is powered with two MTU 8V 4000 M54R engines (each delivering 1,000 bhp) by MTU distributor W.W.Williams. Overall, the vessel can produce 2,000 hp and 60,000 pounds of thrust. The tug’s compact design, low profile and high maneuverability make it ideal for navigating the low bridges and winding Cuyahoga River that empties into Lake Erie.
The powerful propulsion system of the Gladys B is essential in New Orleans, where cargo vessels tie up at a two-mile long wharf (the world’s longest), or at bulkheads on the river. The Gladys B was built by Signet Shipbuilding & Repair for tugboat operator E.N. Bisso in New Orleans. With twin 16V 4000 M64 engines coupled with Rolls-Royce US 205 P20 FP azimuth stern drives, the Gladys B delivers unprecedented performance and agility. The Series 4000 engines are rated at 2,681 bhp each at 1,800 rpm and are Tier 3 emissions certified. MTU’s proven technology and specialized engine design provide the maximum reliability that will keep Gladys B operating with greater uptime and reduced lifecycle costs.
The 134-foot Hydrus, the newest vessel of the San Francisco Bay Ferry, has been in service since April 2017. The 400-passenger catamaran was designed by Incat Crowther and built by Vigor Industrial in Seattle. It is powered by a pair of MTU 12V 4000 M64 engines, each producing 1,950 bhp, and custom fit with a cutting-edge SCR emission system by MTU distributor Pacific Power Group. The package delivers Tier 4 performance, meeting the operator’s need for sustainable, cost-efficient and eco-friendly ferry service. The Hydrus is the first of four Hydrus-class vessels, part of a $175 million program to expand the public Water and Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) system under which San Francisco Bay Ferry operates.