(Miami, Florida – April 5, 2016) - PortMiami today announced expanded towing and harbor ship services for the berthing and departure of containerized cargo vessels with the arrival of Seabulk Towing’s tractor tug, the HAWK. The HAWK provides a Z-drive thrust unit with an 80 ton bollard pull and 6,700 rated horsepower capacity.
Headquartered at parent company SEACOR Holdings Inc.’s (NYSE:CKH) Fort Lauderdale, Florida corporate offices, Seabulk Towing has been an established leader in the towing business for nearly 60 years, offering services at ports along the Gulf Coast and southeast United States.
“We are pleased to work with PortMiami to provide customers with the dedication to service excellence and safety standards that are the cornerstone of our business,” said Rick Groen, Chief Operating Officer, Seabulk Towing.
The HAWK augments towing services currently offered at PortMiami by Moran Towing Corporation, a leading provider of towing services which currently includes the DIANE MORAN and GRAMMA LEE T. MORAN, both Z-drive tractor tugs with 5,100 rated horsepower capacity.
“We welcome Seabulk Towing to PortMiami,” said PortMiami Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. “The arrival of the HAWK augments the Port’s escort tug services for containerized cargo ships to a total of four. Our goal is to provide ocean carriers with seamless customer service from the ship’s arrival to the transfer of containers from ship to shore. At PortMiami we are always trying to expand and improve the services provided to our partners and customers in expediting the movement of time sensitive goods fast and efficiently.”
PortMiami alongside its partners recently completed more than $1 billion of vital infrastructure improvements providing shippers fast access to Florida’s booming consumer base and the entire U.S. market; to include Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes that can service cargo vessels up to 22 containers wide and up to nine containers above deck and eleven containers below, a new access tunnel connecting directly to the U.S. Interstate Highway System, as well as new on-dock intermodal rail service linking PortMiami to 70% of the U.S. population in four days or less.
Additionally, a -50/-52 ft. shipping channel allows the Port to accommodate the largest container vessels sailing the oceans, including neo-Panamax vessels that can carry up to 14,000 TEUs that will be able to transit the new Panama Canal when the project is completed in June. For more information please visit www.PortMiami.biz.
PortMiami is among America's busiest ports and recognized as a global gateway. PortMiami contributes more than $27 billion annually to Miami-Dade County and generates 207,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs. For more information please visit www.portmiami.biz.