"Strange how ordinary people can suddenly turn into criminals, Zeb."
— Zak, Pirate



  • Number: 3
  • Type: Harbour Tug
  • Affiliation: Zero Fleet

Zak is the third member of Captain Zero's Z-Stack fleet. He is also the biggest Z-Stack tug. He is used for a wide variety of tasks around Bigg City Port. Zak's main role was that of a flunky and second-man to devious Zorran, and is generally a confused, dim-witted thug. He's usually seen working with his fellow Z-Stack brother Zebedee.


Like the rest of the Zero Marine, Zak is based off the Moran Fleet tugs from the Roaring 20s. He's quite a thuggish character, often aggressive and threatening. Publicity material for the series indicated that he saw himself as a potential leader of the Z-Stacks. Zak has been seen as a second-in-command to Zorran. He played major roles in Sunshine, High Tide, and Munitions, although he was never the focus character of an episode. He is usually seen either assisting the Z-Stacks in their devious schemes and insulting the Star Tugs. His whistle sounds like Bluenose's, only at a lower pitch. Zak's most prominent appearance is High Tide, when he and Zebedee competed with Big Mac and Warrior for a steel contract. Engine trouble that Zak had neglected to get treated however forced the two Z-Stacks to take a shortcut through Bigg City's canal network. What Zak saw as a very clever idea however resulted in disaster when Zebedee's tall load destroyed the railway bridge. He speaks with a gruff Cockney accent.

Behind the Scenes

Zak is voiced by British actor, animator and modeller Shaun Prendergast, who also provided the distinctive voice of Sunshine. Prendergrast commented in an interview with The Star Tugs Trust that Zak was a difficult character to play due to his deep voice. In TLC's Salty's Lighthouse, he is voiced by Scott McNeil, giving him a gruff Brooklyn accent.



Books and Annual Stories

Voice Actors


  • His model was sold to The Star Tugs Company (formerly The Star Tugs Trust).
  • It is currently unknown if Zak's other face masks still remain in existence.


Captain ZeroZorranZebedeeZakZugZip

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