American Tugboat Review 2012

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Optimism returning to tugboat industry

Optimism returning to tugboat industry

For tugboat operators in 2012, there is every reason for optimism.

ATB Legacy strives to be the safest and greenest as well as the biggest

ATB Legacy strives to be the safest and greenest as well as the biggest

The first of Crowley Maritime’s three 750-class ATBs is working in the Gulf of Mexico on long-term charter to Marathon Petroleum.

In its Ocean class, Crowley sets a new standard for offshore towing

In its Ocean class, Crowley sets a new standard for offshore towing

Responding to market expectations, Crowley Maritime, in conjunction with its subsidiary in Seattle, Jensen Maritime Consultants, has designed and engineered the Ocean class tugboat.

Signet’s two newest z-drives to provide LNG escort services

Signet’s two newest z-drives to provide LNG escort services

Signet Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of two new identical z-drive tugs, Signet Constellation and Signet Stars & Stripes.

Arctic Titan: another extraordinary tug for Western Towboat

Arctic Titan: another extraordinary tug for Western Towboat

While phrases such as “Go west, young man” have lost their verve, “North to Alaska” is still a vibrant one for Seattle-based Western Towboat.

Change of coupling system produces a whole new class of ATBs

Change of coupling system produces a whole new class of ATBs

The simple need to push smaller fuel barges with a different coupling system has prompted Reinauer Transportation to design a whole new class of tugboat.

New Navy tugs have the finesse, power for a wide range of duties

When measured against the scale of February weather in the Pacific Northwest, it was a mildly miserable day in Puget Sound.

Towing company draws on chief’s background as a naval architect

Towing company draws on chief’s background as a naval architect

Jantran Inc. has taken delivery of Lucy Janoush, a twin-screw 4,000-hp towboat designed by the towing company’s president.

Columbia River tug designed for barge work and ship escort

In early February the 80-foot ASD tug Sommer S, was taking shape in Diversified Marine’s dry dock, its z-drives waiting to be installed. The tug joined the Shaver Transportation fleet in May.

Renegade: independent, adaptable and ready for work

Capt. Jack Davies has skippered more boats than most, from small tugs to deep-sea ships, but still he maintains, “There is nothing that I would rather do than run boats and be involved in the marine industry.”

Thomas M. Gattle combines a traditional design with innovation

Thomas M. Gattle combines a traditional design with innovation

Terral RiverService has put its 14th towboat in operation with the addition of the 2,800-hp Thomas M. Gattle.

Moran acquires the first of a new class of broad-beam docking tugs

Moran acquires the first of a new class of broad-beam docking tugs

Specially designed shallow-draft ATBs head north to serve remote Alaskan villages

Vitus Marine has taken delivery of two shallow-draft ATBs specially designed to bring crucial supplies of fuel and heating oil to remote villages along the coast of Western Alaska.

Despite slow economy, some towboat yards still built several boats

Despite slow economy, some towboat yards still built several boats

Several inland shipyards saw no shortage of towboat orders in 2011 and some made several multi-boat deliveries to new and repeat customers.