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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.

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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.

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.

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Crew/supply boats

Crew/supply boats

A deafening silence has descended on shipyards along the Gulf Coast in the wake of the titanic sinking of the global oil market.

Ferries/excursion

Ferries/excursion

Hornblower Inc.’s preparations in 2016 for the new Citywide Ferry Service in New York included perhaps the largest single ferry order in U.S. history, while major West Coast operators moved ahead with plans to replace older vessels.

Fire/pilot/patrol

Fire/pilot/patrol

Two impressive West Coast arrivals paced the fireboat sector in 2016, with the delivery of Protector to the Port of Long Beach and Fireboat 3 to the San Francisco Fire Department.

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