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Built in 1977, by Jakobson Shipyard of Oyster Bay, New York (hull #457) as the Sewells Point for the Curtis Bay Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland. An affiliate of the Moran Towing Corporation of New York, New York.

In 1988, the Curtis Bay Towing Company was absorbed into the Moran Towing Corporation. Where the tug retained her name.

In the mid to late 1990's, the Sewells Point was modified with the addition of a modernized wheelhouse. In addition to extensive additional refurbishments. Original design work on Moran's conversions was performed by naval architect Paul Gow. The redesgined tugs were dubbed the MORtrac class tugs.

Powered by a single, twelve cylinder, EMD diesel engine. Tuning a single, bronze, fixed pitch propeller. Mounted in a Nautican kort nozzle, with a triple vane rudder system. As well as, a 640 horsepower retractable Nautican high performance propeller nozzle or z-drive. The unit was mounted forward to augment her original single screw configuration for a rated 3,005 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 75kW generator sets. The tug's capacities are 55,740 gallons of fuel. The towing equipment consists of a JonRie Hawser winch.

The Sewells Point performs most of her ship assist work with the stern to the ship, thus allowing the forward z-drive to contribute to maneuvering the tug while adding horsepower to any maneuver.
(Brandon Durar)

  • Vessel Name: SEWELLS POINT
  • USCG Doc. No.: 581156
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7517856
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WYJ6341
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 457
  • Year Built: 1977
  • Length: 94.6
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 13.6
  • Hull Breadth: 29.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 237
  • Net Tonnage: 161
  • Previous Vessel Owners: