Archive of: Deck Gear Articles

Title Issue
Rotating winch for ship-escort tugboats wins U.S. patent

Rotating winch for ship-escort tugboats wins U.S. patent

The developers of an escort-tug system in which the winch and staple rotate together have received a U.S. patent for their invention.

September 2015
Alaska escort contract resurrects debate over winch safety

Alaska escort contract resurrects debate over winch safety

The renewal of the contract for tugboats and recovery barges in the escort and oil-recovery program in Alaska’s Prince William Sound is seen as a chance to bring in the best available technology for towing winches, a concern of a local citizens group.

September 2015
Advanced skeg designs streamline oceangoing barges, save money

Advanced skeg designs streamline oceangoing barges, save money

“We have built over 30 barges with Hydralift Skegs for several different companies since the early 1990s,” said Chuck Garman of Gunderson Marine in his office at the Portland, Ore., shipyard.

June/July 2014
Marine engine makers gear up for stiffer emissions standards

Marine engine makers gear up for stiffer emissions standards

As marine engines that meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 emission requirements enter the market, manufacturers are preparing for Tier 4 standards on large marine diesels using technology comparable to that found on highway engines.

October/November 2013
Onboard cranes getting bigger, safer, more efficient

Onboard cranes getting bigger, safer, more efficient

A global rebound in offshore oil and gas exploration is helping to drive demand for shipboard cranes that are larger, more technologically advanced and safer to operate than their predecessors.

September 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
Report calls for more capable winches on Prince William Sound escort tugs

Report calls for more capable winches on Prince William Sound escort tugs

The winches used by tugs escorting oil tankers in Prince William Sound, Alaska, are not state of the art and should be replaced, according to a study written by the naval architect Robert Allan.

March 2013
Rotating winch proves it can keep escort tugs more stable

Rotating winch proves it can keep escort tugs more stable

The Auto Position Escort Winch (APEW) system, pioneered by JonRie InterTech, represents emergent technology that allows escort tugs to assist with utmost maneuverability, increased safety and better reaction time for a pilot or ship operator to act in the event of a steering or propulsion failure.

September 2012

Evolving winch and vessel designs enhance towing safety

June/July 2011

Samson: Commitment to quality and safety

December/January 2011
Edit Module
Advertisement