American Tugboat Review 2018

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Shipbuilders still facing headwinds

Shipbuilders still facing headwinds

The slowdown in new tug construction over the last few years has been tough for shipyards, naval architects and suppliers.

Tugboat tech, design advance despite slow market

Tugboat tech, design advance despite slow market

Despite a down market for new construction, there were some key advances in tugboat design and technology over the last year.

Operators racing to meet Subchapter M deadline

The deadline for Coast Guard Subchapter M compliance is fast approaching, but within the towing industry there is still uncertainty around the new inspection regime.

Seabulk spreads Rotortug fleet across the Gulf of Mexico

Seabulk spreads Rotortug fleet across the Gulf of Mexico

Seabulk Towing turned heads in January 2017 when it welcomed Trident, the first U.S. Advanced Rotortug (ART), to its home base in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Triton specifications

Caterpillar z-drives set Harley Marine’s latest tugs apart

Caterpillar z-drives set Harley Marine’s latest tugs apart

Dozens of RAmparts-series tugboats designed by Robert Allan Ltd. work in North American ports, but none quite are like Harley Marine Services’ Dr. Hank Kaplan and Rich Padden.

Dr. Hank Kaplan/Rich Padden specifications

Moran updates 93-foot workhorse for the Tier 4 era

Moran updates 93-foot workhorse for the Tier 4 era

Over the past two decades, 92- and 93-foot tugboats have become the backbone of Moran Towing’s ship-assist fleet.

Benson George Moran specifications

Third engine gives Daisy Mae versatility and power to spare

Third engine gives Daisy Mae versatility and power to spare

Rodriguez Shipbuilding has made shallow-draft, triple-screw tugboats something of a specialty.

Daisy Mae specifications

Vane Brothers changes course with new ATB class

Vane Brothers changes course with new ATB class

Over the last decade, Vane Brothers upgraded its fleet with nearly 25 new model bow tugboats.

Assateague specifications

With Liz Healy, Bisso Towboat sticks with what works

With Liz Healy, Bisso Towboat sticks with what works

Three years ago, following the arrival of the ASD tug Becky S., Bisso Towboat Co. President Scott Slatten said every new delivery made him feel “like a kid in a candy store.”

Liz Healy specifications

Next-gen Tier 4 ATBs delivering for Harley Marine

Next-gen Tier 4 ATBs delivering for Harley Marine

The industry took notice last spring when Harley Marine Services welcomed Earl W. Redd, the first EPA Tier 4-rated tractor tugboat.

OneCURE/Todd E. Prophet specifications

Genesis Marine welcomes new class of ‘go-anywhere’ towboats

Genesis Marine welcomes new class of ‘go-anywhere’ towboats

Last August, the 84-foot Elizabeth Prince left the John Bludworth Shipyard in Corpus Christi, Texas, and joined Genesis Marine’s inland fleet.

Elizabeth Prince specifications

Brusco’s newest tug finds work under AmNav charter

Brusco’s newest tug finds work under AmNav charter

Brusco Tug & Barge has taken delivery of another in a long line of Robert Allan-designed ship-docking tugboats.

Teresa Brusco specifications

Reinauer goes back in time for its first Tier 4 ATB

Reinauer goes back in time for its first Tier 4 ATB

Reinauer Transportation didn’t need to look far for its first Tier 4 articulated tug-barge (ATB) design.

Bert Reinauer specifications

Metal Trades’ first-ever tugboat proves its worth time and again

Metal Trades’ first-ever tugboat proves its worth time and again

With its tapered hull and spider-like pilothouse, Capt. Cooper is a unique boat with an important job.

Capt. Cooper specifications

Island Tug and Barge upgrades fleet with z-drive ATBs

Island Tug and Barge upgrades fleet with z-drive ATBs

British Columbia’s Island Tug and Barge has a history of innovation, and the company is taking another step forward with a new class of z-drive articulated tug-barge (ATB) units.

Island Raider specifications

Edison Chouest, Damen team up for world’s most powerful ASD tugboats

Edison Chouest, Damen team up for world’s most powerful ASD tugboats

When it comes to tugboat design and technology, some people believe North American operators lag behind trendsetters in Asia, Europe or Australia.

Marquette expands ASD fleet with new triple-screw towboat class

Marquette expands ASD fleet with new triple-screw towboat class

Marquette Transportation has launched a new class of triple-screw ASD towboats built by C&C Marine and Repair.

Buyer sought for West Coast mega ATB

Buyer sought for West Coast mega ATB

Anyone in the market for a new ATB tug?