Cook Inlet Tug & Barge welcomes Dr. Hank Kaplan to its fleet
Dr. Hank Kaplan, an extremely versatile and powerful harbor tug, has joined the Cook Inlet Tug & Barge fleet. The tug entered service in Alaska earlier this month. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., this RAMparts-2400 series tug has 5,350 horsepower and was the first built in North America with Caterpillar integrated propulsion systems featuring CAT engines and sterndrives. CAT also provided electrical generators powering the 79ft by 36ft vessel.
Cook Inlet Tug and Barge, LLC traces its Alaskan heritage back to 1924 and continues to be committed to
Alaska. “We call ourselves ‘The Alaskan Tug and Barge Company’, and we take our 98 years seriously.
commitment to the state. This vessel brings additional capacity to the Cook Inlet region while
support Alaska’s economy,” said Jeff Johnson, president of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge. “We are based in
Alaska, operated by Alaskans and the acquisition of Dr. Hank Kaplan helps grow our fleet in our namesake.
Alaska region,” Johnson said.
Built in 2017, Dr. Hank Kaplan is named after the head of medical oncology at Swedish Cancer
Institute in Seattle, Washington, who has worked throughout his career in cancer research and
“This tug is well built, extremely powerful and complements the incredibly capable tugs we have in our
fleet. This will help us grow our business while meeting the growing needs of our customers,” said Mike O’Shea,
Vice President of Business Development and Planning at Cook Inlet Tug & Barge.
Powered by CAT 3516C marine diesel engines mated to CAT MTA 24-T sterndrives, Dr. Hank Kaplan is
Caterpillar equipped throughout. Its electrical service is provided by two, Tier III CAT C7.1 complaint
generators. Deck equipment consists of a Markey DEPC-46 towing winch, mounted on the bow,
and a Markey DEPC-32 towing winch, mounted on the stern.
Captain Mark Theriault, Operations Manager of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge, is delighted to have Dr. Hank Kaplan joining the fleet. “The tug’s 30,000 gallons of fuel, 2,800 gallons of fresh water and 370 gallons of lube oil not only opens up our operating window, it’s also exactly what our customers are asking for.”
Dr. Hank Kaplan is based in Anchorage, Alaska and painted with the recognizable blue and white colors of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge. See www.cookinlettug.com for more information.