Zak is the third member of Captain Zero's Z-Stack fleet. 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 is usually seen working with Zebedee.
Like the rest of the Zero Marine, Zak is based off the Moran Fleet tugs from the Roaring 20s. He has quite a thuggish personality, often aggressive and threatening. Publicity material for the series indicated that he saw himself as a potential leader of the Z-Stacks. 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. Zak's most prominent appearance is High Tide, when he and Zebedee compete with Big Mac and Warrior for a steel contract. Engine trouble that Zak has neglected to get treated forces the two Z-Stacks to take a shortcut through Bigg City's canal network. What Zak sees as a very clever idea, however results in disaster when Zebedee's tall load destroys the railway bridge. He speaks with a gruff Cockney accent.
His whistle sounds like Bluenose's, only at a lower pitch.
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.
- Shaun Prendergast
- Hideyuki Umezu (Japan)
- Elise Langenoja (Finland)
- Pauli Virta (Finland; Munitions only)
- Scott McNeil (Salty's Lighthouse)
- After Tugs' production ended, Zak's model was purchased by The Star Tugs Company, an organisation which aimed to restore and preserve the models.
- It is currently unknown if Zak's other face masks still remain in existence.