Powerful and Environmentally Friendly, the ROBERT FRANCO Tug Will Serve San Pedro Bay Complex


SAN PEDRO, Calif. — July 11, 2013 — Harley Marine Services has brought its most powerful and environmentally friendly tugboat to service the Port of Los Angeles. The ROBERT FRANCO arrived in Los Angeles last week and joins four other tugs in the fleet that assist cargo vessels and tankers in and out of the San Pedro Bay port complex.

“The arrival of this state-of-the-art tug exemplifies our commitment to safety, the environment and providing the most advanced and dependable service to our customers,” said Harley Franco, chairman and CEO of Harley Marine Services.

The ROBERT FRANCO features Tier III engines and shore-side electrical power plug-in capabilities. Tier III engines, which are several years away from being required by law, reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter amounts by 90 percent compared to Tier 0 engines.

The powerful tug is equipped with 6,800 horsepower and provides 91 tons of bollard pull. With the increasing size of container ships and tankers calling at the port complex, Harley Marine Services is committed to building higher horsepower tugs to provide these larger ships safe navigation in the port complex and provide emergency towing service offshore. The vessel is also equipped with state-of-the-art marine electronics, tow winches and fire and safety equipment.

For media tours or more information, contact Jennifer Beckman at 310-221-9111.

Headquartered in Seattle and with its Southern California operations based at the Port of Los Angeles, Harley Marine Services has been providing ship-assist services at the Port of Los Angeles since 2000. Harley Marine’s strategic focus is on safety, environmental protection, and customer service. The company is one of the fastest growing marine transportation businesses and leading providers of marine transportation services.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.