Harken Towing was pleased to welcome the Ken Mackenzie back into their fleet after a major refit performed by Arrow Marine. As the namesake of Harken founder Ken Mackenzie, the vessel has special meaning for the Mackenzie family — built by Ken’s son Tim in 1989, it was grandson John who alerted BC Shipping News to its re-launch.
“The engine room was completely rewired and new DI16-071M – 625 hp Scania engines and drives were installed,” John said in describing the work done. He further noted that this is the first time these Scania engines have been used on the West Coast. John said that the vessel is unique in that it has a static shaft angle of 15 degrees and over 20 degrees while under tow — “there aren’t many engines that can take that angle.”
In addition to the new engines, the Ken got some new Twin Disc gears, a new generator and a rebuilt winch along with a new paint job.
Ken Mackenzie, along with partner Harvey Forrest, established Harken Towing in 1948 (he became sole owner in 1949). Since launching their first tug on August 18, 1948, the company became a mainstay on the Fraser and Pitt Rivers, towing logs and servicing sawmills. Today, with a fleet of 10 shift tugs, four continuous tugs, nine aluminum water taxis, and a barge fleet capable of carrying 8,000 tonnes, Harken continues to provide a full range of professional marine towing services throughout the Pacific Northwest.