Master Boat Builders chosen to build two tugboats

New tugs will join the Moran Towing Corp. fleet

The electric-hybrid tug Spartan was delivered by Master Boat Builders earlier this year.

Master Boat Builders, a shipbuilding company in Coden in Mobile County, has been awarded a contract to build two tugboats for Moran Towing Corp. of New Canaan, Connecticut.

Crowley Engineering Services has designed the tugs, which will be 86 feet long with a 36-inch beam and a 55 metric ton bollard pull.

“Moran is one of the most respected tugboat operators in the U.S. and we are honored they have chosen us to build their next set of tugs,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders.

Moran provides services coast to coast for vessel towing, bulk marine transportation, LNG support operations and environmental recovery services.

“We look forward to working with Master Boat on this project. Master Boat has a great reputation for delivering quality equipment on a consistent basis and we hope this new contract will lead to future opportunities for collaboration between the two companies, said Sean Perreault, vice president, engineering services of Moran Towing. “While we have an ongoing commitment to our traditional suppliers, our demand from customers has given us the opportunity to work with new partners that we hope will become long term relationships.” 

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Founded in 1979, Master Boat Builders has crafted some 450 vessels, including tugboats and vessels for fishing, offshore supply and dive support.

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