American Tugboat Review 2016

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Uncertainty returns to the shipyard as new construction slows

Uncertainty returns to the shipyard as new construction slows

Washburn & Doughty in East Boothbay, Maine, has been humming this spring, with four tugboats under construction and enough work to last a year.

Smaller operators wary of Subchapter M rules

Some smaller U.S. tug and tow operators are concerned about the cost of vessel modifications expected under the Subchapter M regulations set for release in mid-2016.

Tier 4 offshore support tug ready to work the oil patch

Tier 4 offshore support tug ready to work the oil patch

Harvey Gulf International Marine’s new tugboat could be overlooked amid a steady newbuild program of sophisticated oil field support vessels and the first LNG fleet of OSVs in the U.S.

Harvey Stone specifications

Newest Z-Tech escort tugs offer smaller footprint and plenty of horsepower

Newest Z-Tech escort tugs offer smaller footprint and plenty of horsepower

There were seven azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugs under construction during a recent visit to Eastern Shipbuilding’s Nelson Street yard, and all were destined for G&H Towing, the operating company for Suderman & Young Towing and Bay-Houston Towing.

Triton/H. Douglas M specifications

Bouchard finds sweet spot with newest ATB class

Bouchard finds sweet spot with newest ATB class

A few years ago, as Bouchard Transportation looked to expand its fleet of articulated tug-barges, company officials were leaning toward building mega-vessels capable of moving 350,000 barrels of fuel.

Donna J./Kim M. Bouchard specifications

Florida Marine Transporters tweaks proven design for new retractable

Florida Marine Transporters tweaks proven design for new retractable

Over the last decade, Florida Marine Transporters has embarked on an unprecedented building program that has transformed its inland fleet.

Marty Cullinan specifications

Vane Brothers’ model bow tug is weighty yet nimble

Vane Brothers’ model bow tug is weighty yet nimble

Capt. Darren Grover, chief engineer Kenny Mooney and deck hand Zack Richardson slipped out of Jacksonville on Jan. 25 aboard the new Vane Brothers’ tug, Elizabeth Anne.

Elizabeth Anne specifications

Ledcor Group bulks up with brawny new tugs

Ledcor Group bulks up with brawny new tugs

It’s a positive sign whenever a company takes delivery of a new tugboat, and when a firm takes delivery of two new ones, it is all the more remarkable.

Lorne M. Ledcor specifications

Innovative catamaran tug brings power and versatility to shallow waters

Innovative catamaran tug brings power and versatility to shallow waters

In December 2013, Quebec-based marine services company Ocean Group introduced what it called the most powerful harbor tug ever built in Canada.

Ocean Catatug 1 specifications

Vigor delivers first ATB tug for Harley Marine

Vigor delivers first ATB tug for Harley Marine

When Harley Marine Services wanted to add a fourth ATB tug to its offshore fleet, it didn’t have to look far for a blueprint or a builder.

Dale R Lindsey specifications

Flat-bottomed SST Capilano can side-step, spin and pull

Flat-bottomed SST Capilano can side-step, spin and pull

Saam Smit Canada’s newest vessel is not your everyday tug.

SST Capilano specifications

Dunlap Towing’s beamy tractor tug honors proud predecessor

Dunlap Towing’s beamy tractor tug honors proud predecessor

During a summer-like April day in Seattle, Dunlap Towing crews performed finishing touches on a new tractor tug bound for the demanding waters off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Gretchen Dunlap specifications

Deep-draft Crescent Towing tugs have power to spare

Deep-draft Crescent Towing tugs have power to spare

For Crescent Towing of New Orleans, Mardi Gras came twice this year.

Mardi Gras specifications

Tugboat roundup

Tugboat roundup

McAllister planning for the future with Tier 4 tugs

Towboat roundup

Towboat roundup

Marquette builds largest twin-screws on the Mississippi River

ATB roundup

ATB roundup

Stone Oil charters new ATB amid prolonged oil slump