American Tugboat Review 2019

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Tug construction rebounding, but hold the champagne

Tug construction rebounding, but hold the champagne

These have been some lean years for a lot of American shipbuilders. But yards that kept the lights on, and their workforce intact, are benefiting from an apparent rebound in new tugboat and towboat construction.

Industry closely watching hybrid tug performance

Industry closely watching hybrid tug performance

Naval architects are often quick to point out that U.S. tugboat operators trail their European and Asian counterparts when it comes to adopting new technology.

Baydelta brings next-gen hybrid to the Bay Area

Baydelta brings next-gen hybrid to the Bay Area

Capt. Mike Harbarth steered Delta Teresa away from San Francisco’s Pier 17 and headed east.

Peter Zwart remembered during Delta Teresa christening

Peter Zwart remembered during Delta Teresa christening

Baydelta Maritime has a tradition of naming its tugboats after its owners’ wives and daughters.

Delta Teresa specifications

Power to spare: First Cat hybrid tugs arrive in Lake Charles

Power to spare: First Cat hybrid tugs arrive in Lake Charles

Harbor Docking & Towing Capt. Scott Lantier eased Ralph off Washburn & Doughty’s dock and steered south in the Damariscotta River.

Ralph/Capt. Robb specifications

Square-bowed Samantha S. brings power and flexibility to the Columbia River

Square-bowed Samantha S. brings power and flexibility to the Columbia River

Shaver Transportation has added a brawny new tugboat capable of handling just about any work that comes its way.

Samantha S. specifications

Bay-Houston boosts escort capability with powerful Z-Tech tugs

Bay-Houston boosts escort capability with powerful Z-Tech tugs

Containerships and tankers calling U.S. ports are getting bigger.

Mark E. Kuebler specifications

Moran’s latest Tier 4 tug ‘designed to dock ships’

Moran’s latest Tier 4 tug ‘designed to dock ships’

Modern tugboats are increasingly designed and outfitted to perform multiple jobs, from barge shifting to ship escorting and docking to rescue towing.

Judy Moran specifications

The future is now for hybrid propulsion at Great Lakes Towing

The future is now for hybrid propulsion at Great Lakes Towing

The Great Lakes Towing Co. operates some of the oldest harbor tugboats in the country, thanks largely to its presence in freshwater ports.

Ohio/Michigan specifications

Sause Bros. updates venerable Mikiona-class tugs

Sause Bros. updates venerable Mikiona-class tugs

When Sause Bros. President Dale Sause ordered a pair of 128-foot offshore tugs in 2018, he had complete confidence in the finished product.

Apache specifications

Young Brothers rebuilds fleet for Hawaii service

Young Brothers rebuilds fleet for Hawaii service

Young Brothers began carrying cargo between the Hawaiian Islands long before they even became a state.

Kapena class specifications

‘McAllister tug on steroids’ handles all comers in Hampton Roads

‘McAllister tug on steroids’ handles all comers in Hampton Roads

McAllister Towing and Transportation Co. operates more than 50 tugboats across a dozen East Coast ports.

Rosemary & Ava M. McAllister specifications

Reinauer refreshes ‘facet tug’ for the Tier 4 era

Reinauer refreshes ‘facet tug’ for the Tier 4 era

Reinauer Transportation Co.’s two new articulated tug-barge (ATB) tugboats look much like their predecessors — at least until you reach the engine room.

Josephine/Kristy Ann specifications

Mercury Transport updates proven design for new B.C. tug

Mercury Transport updates proven design for new B.C. tug

It’s relatively common these days for tugboat operators to order a new vessel based on proven designs used by other customers.

Ocean Defiant specifications

Largest-ever U.S. inland towboat project keeps growing

Largest-ever U.S. inland towboat project keeps growing

Florida Marine Transporters’ Canal class keeps getting bigger.

Brian Boudreaux specifications

SIT’s nimble z-drive towboat pushes well above its class

SIT’s nimble z-drive towboat pushes well above its class

Springtime on the Kaskaskia River saw a smothering flood of water and the delivery of a new pushboat for Southern Illinois Transfer (SIT).

Karl E. Johnson specifications

Notable newbuilds

Notable newbuilds

A review of some of the noteworthy vessels delivered by U.S. shipyards within the last year.