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Subject:   Seattle City Light Christens New 'Thunder' Tug at Skagit
For Immediate Release:   
3/29/2011  2:30:00 PM
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Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


Custom-built Push Tug Will Deliver Supplies, Equipment to Ross Dam

SEATTLE – Seattle City Light has a new push tug boat in service at its Skagit Hydroelectric Project in the North Cascades.

“The only way to get supplies and equipment to Ross Dam is across water and many of those essential deliveries require a barge and a dependable tug boat,” Sr. Capital Projects Coordinator Wanda Schulze said. “This new boat is an important addition for our operations.”

Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle delivered the custom-built tug Monday, March 28, in two pieces, assembled it and lowered it into Diablo Lake with a crane. City Light employees christened the boat the M/V Thunder and took it on a shakedown cruise Tuesday, March 29.

The M/V Thunder replaces two historic tug boats that have served the Skagit Hydroelectric Project since 1948, the Skagit and Diablo II.

M/V Thunder is about 25 feet long and 14 feet wide. It has dual 300 horsepower John Deere diesel engines. A raised pilot house allows the boat captains to see over loaded barges, which will increase safety for kayakers and other recreational boaters on the narrow portions of Diablo Lake.

Skagit employees named the boat M/V Thunder in reference to Thunder Creek, which flows into Diablo Lake, and Thunder Arm, an area of Diablo Lake. The tug is expected to serve the Skagit for 40 to 50 years.

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