Seaspan Marine Corp commissioned their last three Turkish-built (Sanmar Shipyard) tugs in a gala ceremony held in late June at the Cates Tug facility at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. Each vessel was sponsored by a BC first nation representative (see photo below) and local members of the Squamish Nation paddled a cedar dugout canoe past the tugs and offered a traditional blessing that included spreading eagle down on the water.
The SEASPAN EAGLE, OSPREY and KESTREL are sister ships to the SEASPAN RAVEN, which was commissioned last year and attended along with the CHARLES H CATES I to perform a ‘tug ballet’ at the beginning of the ceremony. All four tugs are 28 m (95 ft) Robert Allan Ltd towing/escort Z-drive designs of either 5000 bhp (RAVEN and EAGLE) or 6300 bhp (OSPREY and KESTREL) and are currently in service in Port Metro Vancouver. David Rahn