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15 miles north of Ensenada, Mexico, in Pacific waters just off the Mexican Baja, Moran's SMBC joint ventrue (the initals stand for Servicious Maritimos de Baja California) has been writting a new chapter in the company's history.

Based at the Port of Ensenada, SMBC comprises four ocean escort tugs and several support vessles. Costa Azul presesents a special challenger for escort tugs. located on a remote but exposed section of Baja coastline, it frequently experiences sea conditions that produce nearly 10-foot swells.

Markey Machinery designed and built the first of its kind, most advanced high-preformance electic winch afloat. It is described as a double-drum "waterfall" design, the most powerful and responsive unit Markey Machinery has ever built. The winch's most outstanding feature is a unique render-recover system that automatically keeps the line tension constant, compensating for the tug's motion, thereby preventing snap-loads and breakage.

Tug SMBC Mexicali

Systems Inteface, a controls partner for Markey Machinery, was instrumental in the design, manufacturing and commissioning of the winch drive and control system.

“To a hawser connected tug and tanker snaking over the crests of 9-foot swells, this equipment is as indispensable as a gyroscope is to a rocket”

This tug was featured in an article in the May 2010 issue 63 of the "TowLine Magazine". A complete copy of the article can be accessed by clicking on this link". Moran_Mexicali

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