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DRUM POINT
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1968, by Jakobson Shipyard Incorporated of Oyster Bay, New York (hull #435) as the Drum Point for the Curtis Bay Towing Company of Baltimore, Maryland. A subsidiary of the Moran Towing Corporation of New York, New York.

In the mid to late 1990's, the Drum 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.

The Drum Point was the first MORtrac conversion, and the second tractor tug to enter service for the Moran Towing Corporation.

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 one 30kW generator set, and a 25kW generator set. The tug's capacities are 26,945 gallons of fuel, and 1,849 gallons of ballast.

The Drum Point performs the bulk of her ship assist work with the stern to the ship. This allows the forward "z-drive" to contribute to maneuvering the tug while adding horsepower to any maneuver. The deck equipment consists of a JonRie hawser winch, mounted on her stern.
(Brandon Durar)


  • Vessel Name: DRUM POINT
  • USCG Doc. No.: 513005
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7338353
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WBK3236
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 435
  • Ship Builder: JAKOBSON SHIPYARD, INC.
  • Year Built: 1968
  • Length: 95.6
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 12.5
  • Hull Breadth: 27.3
  • Gross Tonnage: 258
  • Net Tonnage: 175
  • Owner:
    MORAN TOWING CORPORATION
    50 LOCUST AVENUE
    NEW CANAAN, CT 06840-4737
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Moran Towing Co., Curtis Bay Towing Co., MORAN TOWING CORPORATION