Archive of: Onboard

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Locking in Louisiana: Strong currents, stronger patience

Locking in Louisiana: Strong currents, stronger patience

On a March morning, Elizabeth M. Robinson, a Genesis Marine pushboat with two 300-foot tank barges, was queuing on the Mississippi River for Port Allen Lock.

June/July 2018
Ice-savvy tugboat crews keep cargo moving in Alaska

Ice-savvy tugboat crews keep cargo moving in Alaska

Capt. Mark Theriault throttled up on Stellar Wind’s twin Caterpillar engines but the tugboat stayed firmly in place, its rounded bow pressing against a terminal at the Port of Alaska near downtown Anchorage.

May 2018
McAllister powerhouse makes a name for itself in Baltimore

McAllister powerhouse makes a name for itself in Baltimore

The tugboat Bridget McAllister, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built by Foss Maritime at its Rainier, Ore., shipyard in 2006, has had a short but eventful life.

May 2018
Bisso keeps ASD line moving with another powerful newbuild

Bisso keeps ASD line moving with another powerful newbuild

In November, the bulk carrier Super Luna, laden with grain at the Zen-Noh grain terminal upriver from New Orleans, was triple-teamed by Bisso Towboat azimuthing stern drive tugs.

April 2018
Erie Canal tugboats push on through two centuries of change

Erie Canal tugboats push on through two centuries of change

Aboard the 74-foot canal tug Governor Cleveland, Capt. Mike Coon was preparing the boat for a voyage upriver, from Lock 8 on the Erie Canal to Amsterdam, N.Y.

March 2018
Escort tugboats pull double duty opening the icy St. Lawrence

Escort tugboats pull double duty opening the icy St. Lawrence

It was March, the fourth month in a row that temperatures averaged below freezing in Quebec City.

February 2018
Classic Lake Erie tug a colorful sum of its parts

Classic Lake Erie tug a colorful sum of its parts

It is impossible not to notice the handsome cherry-red fish tugs of Mike Scruton’s fleet lining the bank of Lynn River at Port Dover, Ontario, on Lake Erie’s north shore, especially the 45-foot Lef-Dover.

February 2018
Throwback tugboat fleet stands test of time on Great Lakes

Throwback tugboat fleet stands test of time on Great Lakes

Few tugboats working today have the history and pedigree of the Great Lakes Towing Co.’s fleet, which long ago earned the nickname “The Workhorses of the Great Lakes.”

October/November 2017
Powerful McAllister z-drive flexes its muscles in Maine

Powerful McAllister z-drive flexes its muscles in Maine

On a warm June day, the first indication that summer would visit Portland, Maine, this year, the tugs Andrew McAllister and Rowan McAllister took up positions — bow and stern quarter, respectively — on the 600-foot tanker Great Eastern.

October/November 2017
Compact Shaver z-drive long on power, versatility

Compact Shaver z-drive long on power, versatility

Capt. Gary Setvin, at the helm of the 80-foot z-drive tug Sommer S., likes that the boat is compact.

September 2017
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