Designed in-house by Bruce Washburn, the Hayley Moran is the 26th tug Washburn & Doughty has built for Moran Towing, which has ordered several more tugs from the Maine builder.
Story and Photograph by John Snyder
, one of two harbor tugs that Moran Towing had commissioned last year, entered service in June 2014.
Christened and launched last winter at the Washburn & Doughty shipyard in East Boothbay, Maine, the 93-foot long, 38-foot wide, 6,000-hp tractor tug is now based in Port Arthur, Texas, where it is the most powerful ship-docking tractor tug at the region’s busy port. A James A. Moran-class Z-drive tractor tug, the Hayley
escorts and docks petroleum product tankers, U.S. Navy ships, and various classes of freighters. Washburn & Doughty is Maine’s premier builder of modern, high-powered tractor tugs; this is the 26th vessel to be built by the Maine yard for Moran Towing, which is based in Canaan, Connecticut.
John Snyder is a multimedia journalist specializing in the marine industry.