Archive of: Onboard

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Towboat built in 1975 gets new engines, new pilothouse and a new lease on life

Towboat built in 1975 gets new engines, new pilothouse and a new lease on life

“Out with the old and in with the new” was certainly the theme carried out during a repowering and rehabilitation project completed recently of Capt. R.P. Gettelfinger, a veteran Mississippi River line-haul towboat.

September 2013
Louisiana lugger tug works the shallow-water bays and bayous

Louisiana lugger tug works the shallow-water bays and bayous

Capt. Kenneth Helmer and mate George Clement, the two-man crew on George C, a 68-foot-by-26-foot lugger tug moored at the Venice Marina, north of Head of Passes on the Mississippi River, were making ready to leave on a rig move in March.

June/July 2013
BNWAS ensures that someone is at controls

BNWAS ensures that someone is at controls

Eleven years ago, a towboat captain was pushing two barges on the Arkansas River when he lost consciousness due to a heart-rhythm episode. Unbeknownst to his crew, the tow traveled along with the wheelhouse unattended for almost five minutes.

June/July 2013
A new bird heads north to Southeast Alaska for Olympic Tug & Barge

A new bird heads north to Southeast Alaska for Olympic Tug & Barge

In late November 2012 the crew of Kestrel was preparing their brand new tug for its maiden voyage to Alaska.

May 2013
Working in shallow N.Y. creeks, towboat and barge find a niche

Working in shallow N.Y. creeks, towboat and barge find a niche

Sunrise on a cold February morning found the towboat and barge surrounded by so little water that they hardly seemed afloat.

May 2013
La. college, towing company join forces to create Inland Bridge Resource Management training

La. college, towing company join forces to create Inland Bridge Resource Management training

If you sketch a plan view of Berwick Bay — a swelling of the Atchafalaya River at Morgan City, La., where the Port Allen Alternate Route, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and bayous Teche, Boeuf and Shaffer converge on the river — you get a drawing resembling an octopus in trouble.

April 2013
Circa 1950 railcar tugboat isn’t too old for modern-day towing training

Circa 1950 railcar tugboat isn’t too old for modern-day towing training

For more than half a century, the historic tugboat Cornell moved railcar floats, assisted cargo ships, opened ice-choked channels and starred in movies.

February 2013
Wiggins Tug & Barge: A niche on the Oregon coast

Wiggins Tug & Barge: A niche on the Oregon coast

“Big boats have big problems; small boats have small problems.”

February 2013
Coos Bay Bar: Currents, ‘tule fog’ pose challenges for Oregon coast’s seasoned pilots

Coos Bay Bar: Currents, ‘tule fog’ pose challenges for Oregon coast’s seasoned pilots

The Coos Bay Bar, one of several port entrances on the Oregon coast, has a well-justified reputation for being unfriendly to shipping.

February 2013
Aboard ASD tug William S, Bisso crew are feeling pretty cool

Aboard ASD tug William S, Bisso crew are feeling pretty cool

February 2013
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