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Ice-fighting crew on Great Lakes ATB keeps cargo flowing

Ice-fighting crew on Great Lakes ATB keeps cargo flowing

At 2030, the articulated tug-barge Clyde S. VanEnkevort/Erie Trader entered the cold, dark St. Clair River, about six hours north of the ATB’s destination: a steel plant in Detroit, Mich.

February 2020
Wind in the winches: Towing up the mighty Columbia

Wind in the winches: Towing up the mighty Columbia

It was a busy March day aboard Tidewater Transportation’s Captain Bob, catch-up time due to annual lock closures by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

December/January 2020
New Navy workboat stout, practical and ready for duty

New Navy workboat stout, practical and ready for duty

With sea trials completed, Brett Snow eased the first in a new series of U.S. Navy workboats into Ballard Locks on Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal.

September 2019
Sand-running tug and barge keep the concrete flowing in NYC

Sand-running tug and barge keep the concrete flowing in NYC

Without standard clean sand, you can’t create the universal building material, concrete. And with the scale of construction in any large city — any “concrete jungle” — the appetite for sand is immense.

August 2019
From barges to bovines, Foss tug crews keep pace in paradise

From barges to bovines, Foss tug crews keep pace in paradise

Matson’s Daniel K. Inouye was approaching a dogleg turn in Honolulu Harbor when Capt. Cameron Andrews swung the Foss tugboat Pi’ilani from the containership’s transom to the starboard quarter.

June/July 2019
McAllister Tier 4 powerhouse leads fleet in NYC

McAllister Tier 4 powerhouse leads fleet in NYC

It seemed fitting that McAllister Towing, synonymous with New York City, would present its biggest gun for the parade of naval vessels participating in the city’s annual Fleet Week show.

May 2019
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
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