Archive of: Onboard

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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
Crescent tugs bulk up to handle new era of megaships

Crescent tugs bulk up to handle new era of megaships

Shortly after the Panama Canal expansion was completed in June 2016, new containerships carrying twice the cargo of Panamax vessels began arriving in the Port of Savannah, Ga.

June/July 2017
McAllister tug shines during night moves in Baltimore Harbor

McAllister tug shines during night moves in Baltimore Harbor

From the wheelhouse of the single-screw Kaleen McAllister, Capt. Byshe Hicks watched as the giant con-ro got underway from a Baltimore Harbor terminal.

May 2017
Foss Maritime hybrid finds new home where grain is king

Foss Maritime hybrid finds new home where grain is king

On a cool, gray November morning, the tugboat Carolyn Dorothy glided quietly into the Willamette River near Portland, Ore. Capt. Kevin Gabriel soon had the vessel up to 7 knots, yet the engines were conspicuously silent.

April 2017
New Bisso tug reaffirms 20-year commitment to z-drives

New Bisso tug reaffirms 20-year commitment to z-drives

Mr. Ruben, constructed at Main Iron Works, is the 10th tugboat that the Houma, La., yard has delivered to Bisso Towboat of New Orleans.

April 2017
Z-drive tug boosts Petchem’s pull in Port Canaveral

Z-drive tug boosts Petchem’s pull in Port Canaveral

The Grecian blue superstructure of Christine S., Petchem Inc.’s new azimuthing stern drive tug, lends an Aegean tone to the seaside palette of Port Canaveral, Fla.

February 2017
Stone-moving tugboat fleet leads New York canal renaissance

Stone-moving tugboat fleet leads New York canal renaissance

In a matter of months, activity at the New York State Marine Highway Transportation Company (NYSMH) accelerated at what Rob Goldman, company president, described as a frenetic pace.

December/January 2017
Longtime interest in Gulf-built tug comes full circle for Mohawk

Longtime interest in Gulf-built tug comes full circle for Mohawk

The story of the tugboat Michael, acquired by Mohawk Northeast in 2015, began in Florida a decade earlier when the family-owned construction company decided to upgrade its fleet.

December/January 2017
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