American Tugboat Review 2015

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Tugboat trends and challenges: engines, hulls and z-drives

Tugboat trends and challenges: engines, hulls and z-drives

The U.S. tug industry is adapting to international emissions standards that affect how vessels and engines are designed and built.

First of three Arctic-class vessels for Foss

First of three Arctic-class vessels for Foss

Michele Foss, christened in April and set to make its maiden voyage in mid-May, represents a new level of sophistication and capability for Seattle’s Foss Maritime Co., Gary Faber, senior vice president, said at the vessel’s christening.

Michele Foss specifications

Z-drives usher in new era for fleet boats

Z-drives usher in new era for fleet boats

With Capt. Michael Duncan at the controls, USS Cairo, a new 68-foot pushboat, slowly approached a barge moored along a bank of the Mississippi River.

USS Cairo specifications

Tidewater gets into a renewal phase

Tidewater gets into a renewal phase

It’s a trio of firsts on the West Coast with the construction of the pushboat Crown Point by Vigor Industrial for Tidewater Barge Lines.

Crown Point specifications

Great Lakes Shipyard building ice-ready tug for service at Niagara power station

Great Lakes Shipyard building ice-ready tug for service at Niagara power station

One of the most unusual boat-handling tasks in the Great Lakes region is the annual creation and dismantling of the massive ice boom that protects the Niagara Power Project.

Daniel Joncaire II specifications

First ATB for Harley Marine

First ATB for Harley Marine

Harley Marine Services has put into service its first ATB.

Emery Zidell specifications

Getting that ‘kid in a candy store’ feeling

Getting that ‘kid in a candy store’ feeling

Bisso Towboat is celebrating its 125th anniversary in business with the delivery of Becky S., the fifth z-drive tug in the company’s New Orleans fleet.

Becky S specifications

Genesis Marine adding to strength of inland fleet

Genesis Marine adding to strength of inland fleet

Genesis Marine has launched another towboat to join Shannon Mary and Robert Anthony.

Elizabeth Robinson/Robert Anthony specifications

Salute to the F-117 with a faceted design

Salute to the F-117 with a faceted design

It’s been six years since Reinauer Transportation Co. took delivery of its first “facet tug” built with a hard-edged steel hull instead of the standard faired shape.

Dylan Cooper specifications

Signet harbor tug boldly goes where others cannot

Signet harbor tug boldly goes where others cannot

Signet Vigilant is designed to work where bigger harbor tugs cannot go.

Signet Vigilant specifications

Moran adds another beamy workhorse from Washburn & Doughty

Moran adds another beamy workhorse from Washburn & Doughty

It’s a proven pedigree, a mix of muscle and maneuverability with a wide beam for greater stability at higher speeds.

Payton Grace Moran specifications

Vane Bros. gets energized with Elizabeth Anne class

Vane Bros. gets energized with Elizabeth Anne class

Even the Energizer bunny would tire trying to keep up with a decade of fleet expansion by Vane Bros.

Kings Point specifications

New Alaska Titans depend on z-drives

New Alaska Titans depend on z-drives

When Western Towboat of Seattle started building its first Titan ASD long-haul tug at its base on the Seattle Ship Canal in 1995, owners Ric and Bob Shrewsbury were simply responding to the growth of barge service to southeast Alaska.

Bering Titan specifications

New LNG concepts, and a V-Pod design from Eastern Shipbuilding

New LNG concepts, and a V-Pod design from Eastern Shipbuilding

Z-drives are most popular of the newbuilds

Z-drives are most popular of the newbuilds

Articulated tug-barge units in service in North America