(Seattle; June 5, 2000) – Crowley Marine Services tug Hunter won first place for the fourth consecutive year in Seattle Maritime Week’s Annual Unlimited Class Tugboat Race held last month on Elliott Bay. The tug plowed ahead of its competitors, reaching a speed of 16.25 knots and finishing the 1.9 nautical mile race in just six minutes and 28 seconds.
The Hunter, one of 25 CMS 136-foot Invader class tugs, also placed first in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999 (It did not enter in 1996). With this year’s win, the 7,200 horsepower vessel maintains its record for the most wins ever for a single tug in the unlimited class event.
The Hunter‘s crew included Captain John Emmel, Captain Dennis Miniken, Chief Mate George Rossi, Deckhand Dennis Hill, Chief Engineer Ken Townsend, retired Chief Engineer Lloyd Karpan and Cook Leon Lingle.
CMS Invader class tugs are capable of achieving higher towing speeds than any other tugs in their size category because of their hull lines and high horsepower turbo-charged power plants. When not taking part in the annual Maritime Week Tugboat Race, CMS Hunter is used to provide ship assist and tanker escort services in Puget Sound.
Crowley Marine Services, Inc., with U.S. West Coast operating headquarters in Seattle, and East Coast Operating headquarters in Jacksonville, provides specialized marine transportation and logistics services on a worldwide basis, operating one of the worlds largest fleets of marine and related equipment. The companys primary services include tanker escort and ship assist; petroleum transportation and sales; contract barge transportation and ocean towing; logistics and support services; marine salvage and emergency response; and all-terrain transportation. More information on Crowley Maritime Corporation and its subsidiaries can be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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