Cook Inlet Tug & Barge expands fleet for Arctic serviceMar 12, 2020 09:20 AM
The shallow-draft Bristol Wind will begin operations in mid-April
The following is text of a news release from Foss Maritime:
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — Cook Inlet Tug & Barge (CITB) is adding a versatile shallow-draft tugboat, Bristol Wind, to its fleet in mid-April. The tug will join its sister vessel, Capt. Frank Moody, in support of the construction, and oil and gas industries' remote cargo transportation needs along the Arctic coastline.
"Drawing just 3.2 feet, Bristol Wind is uniquely designed to operate efficiently as a coastal tug. She has the unique ability to lighten the draft when water depths are extremely shallow – allowing her to safely service river and coastal locations that would otherwise be unreachable by conventional tugs," said Michael O'Shea, senior director of business development and planning at Cook Inlet Tug & Barge. "She will safely support projects throughout Alaska."
Founded in 1924 as the Anderson & Sons Transportation Co. based in Seward, Cook Inlet Tug & Barge is committed to its Alaska roots. "We don't call ourselves 'Alaska's tug and barge company' without reason," said Jeff Johnson, president of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge.
With the addition of Bristol Wind, Cook Inlet Tug & Barge's fleet has grown to 11 vessels, five of which have joined the fleet in the past 16 months.
"We're growing our fleet to meet increasing opportunity in Alaska. These investments reconfirm Cook Inlet Tug & Barge's 96-year commitment to Alaska's economy," said Johnson.
Bristol Wind will be home-ported in Anchorage and repainted with the recognizable blue and white colors of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge.