Brusco Tug & Barge’s Wynema Spirit to Enhance Safety on Grays Harbor – News Release

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Brusco Tug & Barge’s Wynema Spirit to Enhance Safety on Grays Harbor

Hoquiam, WA – Brusco Tug & Barge, the ship-assist service provider at the Port of Grays Harbor, docked the Wynema Spirit in Hoquiam this week. The Wynema Spirit is a 78’ x 31’ ship-assist tug featuring twin Detroit Diesel 1,800 horsepower engines and Ulstein Z-drives. Commonly referred to as a tractor tug, it is one of the most powerful tugboats of its size on the West Coast.

A first for Grays Harbor, the Wynema Spirit also brings onboard fire-fighting capabilities. Its fire pump is capable of shooting 1,800 gallons of water per minute and up to 50 gallons of fire retardant per minute. In addition, the tug also features a rotating propeller system which allows it to move in any direction, including sideways, and rotate 360 degrees. The Wynema Spirit can also push or pull up to 101,000 pounds forward or backwards, a far greater amount than the traditional tugs currently stationed on the harbor.

“We are extremely excited about the enhanced safety capabilities this brings to Grays Harbor” said Executive Director Gary Nelson. “With vessel traffic projections expected to continue to increase, the Wynema Spirit’s features will be a benefit to our community and our customers”.

A second tractor tug, the Peter J, is being constructed for Brusco in Portland and is expected to join the Wynema Spirit on Grays Harbor in early spring 2014. “Brusco is committed to providing our Grays Harbor customers the best ship assist capabilities available,” reports vessel Captain Kevin Campbell. “The placement of the Wynema Spirit increases our capabilities on Grays Harbor to handle the larger vessels that are becoming the norm around the world. We are excited to add her to our fleet of ship assist vessels on Washington’s Coast”.

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Grays Harbor operates four deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and numerous industrial and business parks throughout the region. The addition of Satsop Business Park increases the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,300 acres of sustainably managed forestland. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at

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Brusco Tug & Barge’s Wynema Spirit

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