Author: Alan Haig-Brown

B.C. operator welcomes first z-drive tugboat

N orth Arm Transportation has added a versatile z-drive tugboat to its fleet of coastal towing vessels – and it’s already earning acclaim from captains. “I love these Veth controls,” Capt. Ryan Scott said of the intuitive z-drive control…

New Jones Act ammonia carrier delivers for fertilizer giant

Swan Island, in the Willamette River at Portland, Ore., saw a lot of ships launched from the Kaiser Yard during World War II, but those shipyard workers could not have imagined anything like the 508-foot Harvest launched by Vigor in 2017 from the same site.

2002 Plimsoll Awards

Dr. Anita Rothblum, a research scientist at the Coast Guard's Research & Development Center in Groton, Conn., won the Samuel Plimsoll Award for Outstanding Service. The Sandy Hook Pilots and the U.S. Coast Guard shared the award for outstanding service…

New ship-docking tug exhibits agility in tight corners

"You are pulling this thing off like it was nothing," came the pilot's voice over the VHF. "Well that was at 1,200 rpm," responded Capt. Bob Olson, skipper of the new ship-docking tug Shuswap. The 3,200-hp docking tug Shuswap turns…

West Coast Liberty ship pays homage to mariners who served in WW II

“Everything in this office is original,†claimed Capt. Patrick Moloney with pride as he surveyed the captain’s office on board the Liberty ship Jeremiah O’Brien. From the institutional green walls with their brass clock and barometer, gimbaled oil lamp and…

From San Francisco to Stockton, up the river with style

It was proving to be a long day for Capt. Rolando Aspacio of Grieg Shipping Group’s Star Kilimanjaro. As he paced the starboard bridge wing looking almost directly down at the levee of the San Joaquin River he was asked…

Baydelta Maritime: It’s all about the kips

The San Francisco Bay Area has a long history of intense competition amongst tug and ship-docking companies. Years ago, when rates were set by a tug’s horsepower, one well-known firm is reported to have had engine plates made up with…

The fine art of landing a barge on the towline

Capt. Jim Lane has been working around boats on the British Columbia coast about as long as anyone. He earned his first money with a rowboat towing small logs that had escaped the booms back to the sawmill for 50…

Burrard Pacific Breeze

In the contentious and often politicized world of ferry design, it is rare to find a boat whose passengers are consistently pleased with the service. It is doubtful if anyone will match the record of the Vancouver SeaBus where, after…