Tug Sales and Charters

Full Tug Sales report is available here: Tug Sales Report.pdf

Since Marcon International’s first tug sale in 1985, we have sold or chartered 368 tugs totaling over 1,187,197HP, out of a total of 1,515 vessels and barges sold or chartered.


Crowley Marine Services Inc. has sold one of their 7,200BHP Invader series tugs, "Hunter", to private Washingtonian interests. The vessel was built in 1976 as Hull # 224 at McDermott Shipyard Inc, Amelia, LA. The vessel measures 136.2' loa x 36.5' beam x 19.2' depth and is powered by twin EMD 20-645E5 diesels with Falk 4.345:1 gears driving two 132" x 82-88" 5-blade stainless props. Electrical service is provided by two 90kW CAT D3304 gensets. The tankage onboard includes 218,300g of fuel and 10,300g of water. On deck the towing equipment consists of a double drum Markey TDSDW 36C towing winch capable of spooling two lengths of 2,800' x 2.25" wire. The tug was the 21st Invader Class constructed by McDermott for Crowley. The "Hunter" is often referred to as the "fastest tug in the Puget Sound" due to its frequent tug race wins over the years at the Seattle Maritime Festival. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction and represents the 124th vessel brokered by Marcon for Crowley Maritime over the last 34 years.

The tug "Noelani" was sold on private and confidential terms recently via the brokerage services of Marcon International, Inc. The vessel was originally built for the US Navy as the "Winnemucca" (USN Designation YTB-785) with keel laid down in 1965 at Marinette, WI by the Marinette Marine Corp. She was launched in December 1965 and delivered to the US Navy as one of the NATICK-Class large harbor tugs in April 1966. The tug, named after the city of Winnemucca, Nevada was originally assigned to the 5th Naval District in the Norfolk, Virginia area where she started her first career in June 1966 until the following Spring of 1967. At that time, she was assigned to Vietnam where she served in that conflict until the US involvement was concluded. She served with Task Force 117, the Mobile Riverine Force. During her almost six years of combat operations on the rivers, swamps and deltas of south Vietnam, the "Winnemucca" earned two US Presidential unit citations and four US Navy Unit Recommendations. "Winnemucca" earned a total of 13 Battle Stars during the Vietnam conflict. At the end of the US participation in that SE Asian region, in 1973, the tug was reassigned to the 17th US Naval District and operated out of Adak, Alaska. Her tour of duty there ended late in 1975 when the ship began her service in San Francisco, where she was attached to the US Navy 12th District through 1979. The "Winnemucca" was eventually stricken from the US Navy List on December 22, 2003 and sold by the US Department of Defense January 21, 2004. The tug was converted to civilian use and bore the new name of "Noelani", which she will keep going into her next service life on the US West Coast. The "Noelani's" dimensions are 109.0' x 28.8' x 16.3' depth, and she is now powered with a single EMD12-710G7B for 3,000BHP (installed in 2012) and swings a 114" 4-blade propeller driven via Western 6:1 reduction gear. Her bollard pull is about 80,000lb., and she has excellent range with her fuel capacity of 50,000g. She is also fitted with a 400HP Vortex V2-36 Wesmar bowthruster which was installed in 2017. Her single drum Series 224 Almon Johnson towing winch has a pennant drum, as well as a level wind, and line-pull of 166,000lbs. The main towing drum carries 2,600' x 2" tow wire, and the tug is also fitted with a hydraulic towing pin system. She has two 2,000gpm FiFi monitors, a hydraulic aluminum fold down mast, 8 ton telescoping crane on the bridge deck, and is fully outfitted with modern NavAids and communication systems. Her electrical system is powered by 2 - 65kW / John Deere Tier 2 gensets, and she has 1 - 20kW / Northern Lights harbor set. The tug has sailed extensively for her former Owner to Hawaii, Alaska and the US Gulf and has excellent sea keeping abilities and fuel consumption characteristics. Marcon acted as sole broker in this sale, and wishes the mighty "Noelani" fair winds and following seas in her future endeavors as a true work horse in the marine industry.

McAllister Towing and Transportation Company of New York have sold their twin screw tug "Barbara McAllister" (ex- Bouchard Boys, T.J. Sheridan, T.M. 1, Ocean Star) to Mar-K Towing in Florida. Measuring 104.6' loa x 36.3' beam, the tug was built in 1969 at Halter Marine, LA. The unit is powered by twin EMD 16-645E2 creating a total of 3,900BHP and is fitted with an Intercon single drum 200 winch. The buyer intends to remove the upper pilothouse and use as a shipdocking tug. Marcon was the sole brokers in the transaction.

The U.S. flag twin screw tug "Pacific Warrior" (ex- Powhatan, Robbyn J., Zapata 88, Hull 467) was sold. The tug was originally built in 1975 by Halter Marine in Louisiana. She was subsequently repowered in 2004 along with the installation of quad rudders, kort nozzles, new reduction gear foundations, shafts and propellers. She measures 105.0' loa x 96.8' lbp x 30' beam x 14' depth with a 11.7' loaded draft and has an ABS unrestricted ocean loadline. Tank capacities include 50,000g diesel oil, 600g lube oil, and 5,000g potable water. She's fitted with an Intercon single drum main towing winch with a line pull of 40 tons and drum capacity for 2,600' x 1.75" wire. Main engines are two Cummins KTA50M2 Tier 1 diesels with a total 3,000BHP at 1,800RPM driving two 91" x 89" 4-blade skewed fixed pitch propellers in kort nozzles through Reintjes WAT 772 7.445:1 gears. Bollard pull is rated at 45 short tons. Marcon acted as the sole broker in the transaction. The tug will be repositioned to Kodiak, Alaska to work for new owners Paradigm Marine.

Full Tug Sales report is available here: Tug Sales Report.pdf