Harley Marine Services has welcomed its newest vessel, Dr Hank Kaplan, to its Puget Sound fleet on June 22. The vessel has a length of 80', a beam of 36' and a depth of 13'7" and is equipped with two 3516C marine propulsion engines that deliver a combined 5,350 HP. The vessel also features the brand new Cat MTA 524-T azimuth thrusters, which were specially designed for high performance tractor tugboats.
Designed by Robert Allen Limited in Vancouver, the tug was built at Diversified Marine in Portland, Ore. and is a sister class vessel to the recently built Michelle Sloan and Lela Franco. New features include maximized bollard pull, simpler installation and maintenance requirements, and an increase in maneuverability.
Dr Hank Kaplan is the first vessel in North America to utilize a complete Caterpillar Marine propulsion system.
The tractor tug honors Dr. Henry Kaplan, the Chief of Medical Oncology at Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, who throughout a career spanning 45 years, devoted his time and effort to Cancer research and treatment, earning him a place as a locally celebrated and highly regarded clinician.