Kingston, Jamaica – Ocean J. Towing Inc., a division of Ocean Group Inc., proceeded with the christening of new harbour tugs, the Ocean Kingston Pride and the Ocean Tallawah on January 28. Ocean J. Towing Inc. entered into a 10-year contract with the Jamaica Port Authority in 2018 to provide harbour towing services at the Port of Kingston, Jamaica.
The traditional ceremony was held in the presence of the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO of Ocean Group, Gordon Bain and Jacques Tanguay, Laurie Peters, Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, as well as Captain Hopeton Delisser, Harbour Master and representative of the Port Authority of Jamaica, and Ms. Juliet Holness, Member of the House of Representatives and the ship’s godmother.
“These new state-of-the-art 24-metre tugs demonstrate Ocean Group’s confidence in the development of port activities in Kingston and its commitment to constantly offer a high level of service thanks to the competence of its crews and the quality of its equipment. We are very proud of these new acquisitions, which will increase Ocean Group’s fleet to 37 harbour tugs in 18 strategic locations in Canada and the Caribbean,” said Jacques Tanguay.
Ocean Kingston Pride, built at the Sanmar Denizcilik Makine shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey, is equipped with the most modern technology, including a fire-fighting system with its water cannons with a capacity of 2,800 cubic metres per hour. It is propelled by two Z-Drive type omni-directional propellers and two engines with a tractive power of 6,303 BHP and an 80-ton bollard pull. Ocean Tallawah, built at the Damen shipyard in Vietnam, is equipped with the most modern technology, including a fire-fighting system with its water cannons with a capacity of 2,400 cubic metres per hour. It is propelled by two omni-directional Z-Drive type propellers, plus two engines with a pulling power of 5,632 BHP and a 73-ton bollard pull.
Photo from left to right: Ocean Chairman Gordon Bain, Ms. Juliet Holness, Member of the House of Representatives and the ship’s godmother, and Jacques Tanguay, President and CEO.