Archive of: Onboard

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BC company’s tugs, barges prove to be vital for remote coastal loggers

BC company’s tugs, barges prove to be vital for remote coastal loggers

The alarm on the travel lift sounded and the operator lowered the 70 tons of heavily built tugboat back into the water, adjusted the straps and tried again.

May 2016
Sause’s refurbished deep-hull tug can handle the Pacific

Sause’s refurbished deep-hull tug can handle the Pacific

“She is lively but she has a slow-motion roll. She feels like a racehorse sliding through the ocean,” said Capt. Scott Jacobsen of the tug Black Hawk.

April 2016
Foss tugs work in unison to assist ro-ro ship at Tacoma

Foss tugs work in unison to assist ro-ro ship at Tacoma

The tugboats Henry Foss and Marshall Foss idled slow bell in the Tacoma, Wash., harbor.

April 2016
Family tugboat business serves growing ‘saltie’ trade at Thunder Bay

Family tugboat business serves growing ‘saltie’ trade at Thunder Bay

Couched in the lee of Lake Superior’s legendary Sleeping Giant, the tugs Glenada and Miseford slipped through the water of Lakehead Harbour, fronting the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, heading for the James Richardson International Terminal and the grain-laden ship BBC Mississippi.

March 2016
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
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