Archive of: Onboard

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Bouchard aims for fuel efficiency in its new ATBs

Bouchard aims for fuel efficiency in its new ATBs

Capacity is an obvious focal point when designing an articulated tug-barge (ATB).

March 2016
Ohio, Kentucky river pilots navigate bends, bridges to deliver the goods

Ohio, Kentucky river pilots navigate bends, bridges to deliver the goods

It’s an autumn morning on the Ohio River, and towboat crews stand ready to drop off empty barges and pick up loaded ones.

February 2016
New Port Canaveral pilot boat designed for safety, comfort

New Port Canaveral pilot boat designed for safety, comfort

Capt. Mike Rigby, the senior boat captain and director of engineering for the Canaveral Pilots Association at Port Canaveral, Fla., worked with naval architect Bill Preston at Marine Design in Gulf Breeze, Fla., for a year to gain the pilots’ approval for the design of their new pilot boat, Timucua.

December/January 2016
Re-powered Calif. tugs provide Crowley with ship-assist upgrade

Re-powered Calif. tugs provide Crowley with ship-assist upgrade

On a summer morning in San Diego, the Crowley Maritime tugs Scout and Tioga slipped their moorings at the Crosby Street pier and headed under the Coronado Bridge to await the Pasha Hawaii 692-foot con-ro vessel Marjorie C.

October/November 2015
Tampa tug designed with wider beam to improve stability

Tampa tug designed with wider beam to improve stability

An azimuthing stern drive tug with 75 tons of bollard pull seems like a lot of muscle to assist in docking a tank barge, but the adage “no job is too small” often rules the day.

September 2015
With push knees close together, little tug handles winter challenges

With push knees close together, little tug handles winter challenges

It was early March and 20 degrees on the Potomac River, but Capt. Steve McLaughlin was sweating. Fully licensed but working that day as a deck hand on the tug Capt. Kenneth, McLaughlin was struggling with a thick barge line, heavy with ice, across the rail.

August 2015
Starlight Marine escort tugs ready with high horsepower, control

Starlight Marine escort tugs ready with high horsepower, control

June/July 2014
Wooden tug – workhorse in gold rush, war, movies – may sail again

Wooden tug – workhorse in gold rush, war, movies – may sail again

Arthur Foss is in great shape — for a wooden-hull tug built 125 years ago.

April 2014
Crowley ocean tug, with DP, is ready for anything in the Gulf

Crowley ocean tug, with DP, is ready for anything in the Gulf

The crew of Crowley Maritime’s tug Ocean Wave, just returned from two weeks at sea, were regrouping at their home port in Lake Charles, La.

April 2014
After 65 years, growing Western Towboat fleet still moves gravel around Puget Sound

After 65 years, growing Western Towboat fleet still moves gravel around Puget Sound

Ric and Bob Shrewsbury’s dad started a tug company in 1948. “It was all general towing around Puget Sound,” Ric Shrewsbury explained recently.

March 2014
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