American Tugboat Review 2017

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Construction down following Tier 3 building boom, oil woes

Construction down following Tier 3 building boom, oil woes

The rush to lay keels before EPA Tier 4 emissions rules took effect contributed to a surge of new construction in recent years.

First Rotortug arrives on American shores

First Rotortug arrives on American shores

Harbor tugboats with three z-drives were first introduced almost two decades ago.

Trident specifications

Harley Marine pulls industry into Tier 4 era

Harley Marine pulls industry into Tier 4 era

Some tugboats are built for long-distance ocean towing, while others are nimble and powerful enough to dock big ships.

Earl W. Redd specifications

McAllister solidifies fleet with new Tier 4 tugs

McAllister solidifies fleet with new Tier 4 tugs

McAllister Towing and Transportation decided to build Capt. Brian A. McAllister, the most powerful docking and escort tug in its fleet, to handle big containerships expected in East Coast ports following the recent expansion of the Panama Canal.

Capt. Brian A. McAllister/Rosemary McAllister specifications

Foss puts spec-built Tier 4 tug to work in California

Foss puts spec-built Tier 4 tug to work in California

Perhaps not surprisingly, one of the first EPA Tier 4 emissions-compliant tugboats is destined for California, a state where residents and regulators are passionate about clean air.

Caden Foss specifications

Vane Brothers welcomes another model-bow workhorse

Vane Brothers welcomes another model-bow workhorse

In an era where more operators are using articulated tug-barge units to move oil and fuel, the model bow tugboat might seem like a throwback.

Fishing Creek specifications

Great Lakes’ new tug class designed for simplicity, versatility

Great Lakes’ new tug class designed for simplicity, versatility

When the time came to upgrade Great Lakes Towing Co.’s fleet, company President Joe Starck wanted a design that matched the existing boats’ capabilities while adding power and versatility.

Cleveland specifications

Moran bolsters Norfolk fleet with beamy 93-footer

Moran bolsters Norfolk fleet with beamy 93-footer

East Coast ports are competing for the larger containerships now moving through the Panama Canal, and tugboat companies that work these harbors are bulking up to meet demand.

Clayton W. Moran specifications

Petchem tug turning heads in busy Florida port

Petchem tug turning heads in busy Florida port

With larger ships now calling in at many East Coast ports, tugboat operators have responded by building more powerful azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugboats that are more capable of safely docking, undocking and escorting the massive vessels.

Christine S specifications

GLDD considers versatile dredge ATB a ‘game changer’

GLDD considers versatile dredge ATB a ‘game changer’

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company describes its new articulated tug-barge unit as “a game changer” and it’s easy to see why.

Douglas B. Mackie specifications

Ellis Island specifications

New workboat replaces venerable NASSCO yard tug

New workboat replaces venerable NASSCO yard tug

When it came time to replace the venerable Mr. Ed, a yard tug that has served General Dynamics NASSCO for more than 35 years, there was no need to reinvent a proven performer — a couple of tweaks here, an equipment upgrade there and cleaner-burning engines filled the bill.

Workboat 38 specifications

Marine Towing of Tampa’s latest tractor tug arrives right on time

Marine Towing of Tampa’s latest tractor tug arrives right on time

Three years ago, after having taken delivery of Patriot, Marine Towing of Tampa co-founder Capt. James C. Brantner suggested the company would order another tugboat within “a couple of years.”

Independent specifications

G&H Towing completes 8-boat Z-Tech order

G&H Towing completes 8-boat Z-Tech order

Following delivery of Laura B and Poseidon in late 2016, G&H Towing of Texas completed an eight-boat order of advanced Z-Tech tugboats.

SCF Vision marks new era for z-drive towboats

SCF Vision marks new era for z-drive towboats

SCF Marine of St. Louis has set a new standard for inland towboats with its class of 160-footers outfitted with three z-drive units.

Harley Marine building Tier 4 ATB tugs

Harley Marine building Tier 4 ATB tugs

Earl W. Redd isn’t Harley Marine Services’ only Tier 4 project in 2017.