Archive of: Onboard

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Beamy Independent extends Maine yard’s lineage in Port of Tampa

Beamy Independent extends Maine yard’s lineage in Port of Tampa

Able seaman Kristina Smithe, in position on the foredeck of the Marine Towing of Tampa (MTT) tugboat Independent, put a line up on the port quarter of the 610-foot tanker Palmetto State.

March 2019
Safety questioned, Erie Canal’s teaching tug faces final chapter

Safety questioned, Erie Canal’s teaching tug faces final chapter

Several dozen fidgety school kids on a field trip stood on the canal bank next to a tugboat called Urger.

February 2019
Coal still king in Hampton Roads despite container growth

Coal still king in Hampton Roads despite container growth

On a sunny late summer morning, three ships lined the private coal terminals in Newport News, Va.

December/January 2019
Compact Bisso z-drive boasts Canadian lines, Mississippi bones

Compact Bisso z-drive boasts Canadian lines, Mississippi bones

It was only a matter of time before a Robert Allan Ltd.-designed azimuthing stern drive tug joined 17 other z-drives, spread among four companies, working the Mississippi River from its mouth to Baton Rouge, La.

October/November 2018
All in the family: Western Towboat spans the generations in Seattle

All in the family: Western Towboat spans the generations in Seattle

The two Western Towboat harbor tugs were lined up alongside the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Midgett when the crews learned about a small change of plans.

September 2018
Brawny Crescent z-drive takes on all comers in Big Easy

Brawny Crescent z-drive takes on all comers in Big Easy

On an overcast day last November, the bright yellow Crescent Towing tugs Mardi Gras and South Carolina, bows bibbed for Navy work, lent color to the metal gray day.

August 2018
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
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