Point Halifax

Point Halifax

Designed by E.Y.E. Marine and built by McTay Marine of Bromborough, UK. The Point Halifax was once the backbone of Halifax harbour tug operations, and the first swivelling propeller azimuth stern drive tug on the east coast of Canada.

In the early 1980’s the port of Halifax was experiencing increased activity related to the east coast offshore oil exploration taking place at that time. This along with increased container ship business with larger ships convinced Eastern Canada Towing Ltd. that it was time to build a new tug that would be powerful enough to handle the larger vessels coming into the harbour and also versatile enough to handle offshore work.

The Point Halifax was twice as powerful as any tug in Halifax harbour on her arrival in 1987. She had a decades long career in Halifax that ended in 2010 when she left for tug duties in Cape Breton, NS. She was sold to McKeil Marine in 2012, renamed Leonard M., and now works out of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.



LOA: 110′
Beam: 37′-6″
Draught Max: 16′-9″
Vessel Type: Tug Boats
Complement: 10 crew
Voyage: Home Trade 1
Main Engines: (2x) Ruston 6RK 270M, 3,133 kw (4,200 hp)
Propulsion: Fixed Pitch in Kort Nozzles Roll Royce Z Drives
Cruise Speed: 10 knots
Max Speed: 11.5 Knots
Fuel Capacity: Diesel Oil 222 m3& Lube Oil 2.4 m m3
Water Capacity: Fresh Water 41.62 m3& Water Ballast 123 m3
Owner: McKeil Workboats Ltd
Shipyard: McTay Marine Ltd


Auxiliary Systems

Aux. Power (3x) Detroit Diesel in-line 71 150 kw, 440v 3 phase, 600V, 60 Hz



Tow Winch (AFT): James Robertson (Hydraulic)

Performance: 100 Tons

Wire Capacity: 670 m x 44mm (2200’ of 1 3/4” )

Tow Hook: Britannta

Tow Winch (FWD): James Robertson (Hydraulic)

Performance: 36 Tons

Wire Capacity: 100 m of 305 Circ. Synth. Rope


 Vessel Pictures

Point Halifax