American Tugboat Review 2020

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COVID-19 pandemic clouds construction picture

COVID-19 pandemic clouds construction picture

Around this time last year, the tugboat building industry in the United States showed signs of a rebound.

Crowley’s rugged ice-class ATB built to withstand Alaska’s harsh climate

Crowley’s rugged ice-class ATB built to withstand Alaska’s harsh climate

Alaska has notoriously challenging weather conditions and climate. Crowley Maritime built an articulated tug-barge (ATB) rugged enough to safely sail through these icy waters and nimble enough to steer itself into berth.

Muscular Seaway Guardian has big shoes to fill

Muscular Seaway Guardian has big shoes to fill

Tugboat watchers along the Saint Lawrence Seaway between Massena, N.Y., and Lake Ontario will witness a changing of the guard during the 2020 shipping season.

E.N. Bisso & Son welcomes latest ‘go-anywhere tug’

E.N. Bisso & Son welcomes latest ‘go-anywhere tug’

For nearly four years, E.N. Bisso & Son’s Gladys B. was the lone z-drive tugboat designed by Robert Allan Ltd. working the Mississippi River. Now, it has some company.

Nimbler next-gen Tiger tugs keep Hawaiian commerce moving

Nimbler next-gen Tiger tugs keep Hawaiian commerce moving

P&R Water Taxi built its first Tiger tugboat in 90 days in 2002 after winning a U.S. Navy ship-assist contract in Pearl Harbor.

Texas tug operator builds fleet to handle bigger ships

Texas tug operator builds fleet to handle bigger ships

Mazu Capt. Nick Payne stood by while mate Brandon Conner approached the containership Molly Schulte midway between Bayport Channel and Barbours Cut in the Houston Ship Channel.

Versatile Mariner turns heads along Seattle waterfront

Versatile Mariner turns heads along Seattle waterfront

Capt. Mark Williamson steered Western Towboat’s newest harbor tug into Elliott Bay on a cool, clear late February day.

McAllister Towing solidifies Charleston, Port Everglades fleets

McAllister Towing solidifies Charleston, Port Everglades fleets

For most tugboat companies, building one new azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugboat would make for a pretty good year.

Foss updates proven Valor-class design for the Tier 4 era

Foss updates proven Valor-class design for the Tier 4 era

Foss Maritime Company has updated the venerable Valor-class azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugboat for a new era.

Crowley upgrades LA fleet with first US RApport 2500 tugboat

Crowley upgrades LA fleet with first US RApport 2500 tugboat

The RApport 2400-series tugboats developed by Robert Allan Ltd. have earned their keep around the world.

Bisso Towboat adds new muscle on the Lower Mississippi

Bisso Towboat adds new muscle on the Lower Mississippi

In 1999, Bisso Towboat of Luling, La., introduced the first tractor tug on the Mississippi River with the delivery of Cecilia B. Slatten.

Gemini Warrior builds on tradition of B.C. coastal tugs

Gemini Warrior builds on tradition of B.C. coastal tugs

In British Columbia, most tugboats built within the last decade were designed by A.G. McIlwain Ltd.

Canal Barge signals inland push into Tier 4

Canal Barge signals inland push into Tier 4

The brownwater industry, for a number of reasons, has been slow to embrace EPA Tier 4 propulsion. Canal Barge Co. is a notable exception.

Aveogan specifications

Seaway Guardian specifications

C.D. White specifications

Tiger 22 specifications

Mazu specifications

Mariner specifications

Capt. Jim McAllister specifications

Jamie Ann specifications

Hercules specifications

Andrew S. specifications