Archive of: Onboard

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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
Steel, stone anchor promising future for Arkansas towboat operator

Steel, stone anchor promising future for Arkansas towboat operator

At mile marker 783 on the Arkansas bank of the Mississippi River, Mid-River Terminal has two deck barges, one with a crane aboard, the other providing moorage for two towboats: the 67-foot Joe Ellis, named for the father of the company’s owner and president, Rick Ellis, and the sparkling new 70-foot Dianna Lynn, named for the owner’s wife.

October/November 2016
Crowley tugs keep pace at bustling LA/Long Beach

Crowley tugs keep pace at bustling LA/Long Beach

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach kept Crowley Maritime’s fleet of four tugs busy last spring, with each vessel conducting 110 to 120 ship moves per month.

September 2016
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