Author: Brian Gauvin | Gulf Coast Correspondent and Photographer

Two big ASD tugs custom-designed for moving LNG tankers

Tristan K is a 6,300-hp, 7500 Class Z-Tech tug built for Bay-Houston Towing by Washburn & Doughty in East Boothbay, Maine. Tristan K and its sister, Hercules, provide escort and assist services to LNG ships at the Cameron LNG facility…

New Navy z-drive tugs exhibit power and finesse

Change has visited itself upon Navy Region Northwest. It comes in the form of purpose-built Z-Tech azimuthing stern drive tugs to service the aircraft carriers, submarines, naval vessels and barges in their Puget Sound operations at Bremerton, Bangor and Everett.…

Big ships and tight corners require nimble, powerful tugs

On a broiling morning in mid-July, a Seabulk Towing tug had just assisted the 604-foot containership Asian Sun through the entrance channel into Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Shortly thereafter, emerging from a scrim of summer haze, the 761-foot…

Treasure Coast: Twin-screw power, central-stair comfort

Dann Marine Towing (DMT) is housed in an historic cluster of buildings called Canal Place on the north bank of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, in Chesapeake City, Md. The company, founded by Robert Dann Sr., grew out of family-owned…

Harvey Discovery gets a deep makeover

With a muscular fleet of ocean tugs to handle towing the big rigs and a growing oil field support and supply fleet, Harvey Gulf International Marine is going subsea. In a joint venture with Bisso Marine, Harvey Gulf will provide…

New Navy tractors steal the show from traditional YTBs

The great bulk of the 1,092-foot-long aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN 74) loomed larger and larger as it advanced on the four tugs waiting at Restoration Point, in Washington’s Puget Sound. The February morning was clear, causing the U.S.…

Older tugs earn their salt by keeping it simple

In a workboat world swelling with big powerhouse ASD tugs and satellite electronics, there are lean companies plying the ports, back bays, sloughs and shallow reaches of America with resurrected tugs and barges, often without even a computer and e-mail.…

Hannibal riverboat honors Mark Twain

Hannibal riverboat honors Mark Twain Photos and story by Brian Gauvin This should be a busy season for Capt. Steven Terry. Terry is the owner of Riverboat Excursions and the 120-foot sternwheeler, Mark Twain in Hannibal, Mo. The riverboat Mark…

A family tradition: ASD tugs on the Mississippi

It was all in the family aboard Bisso Towboat’s new 100-foot ASD tug Michael S while assisting the 789-foot tanker Petrovsk move off the IMTT No. 2 St. Rose dock upriver from New Orleans. The 4,000-hp z-drive is named after…

New AEP towboats offer crew luxuries, fuel savings

American Electric Power’s 6,000-hp towboat Buckeye State pushes a 15-barge tow of coal on the Ohio River at Uniontown, Ky., toward its power plant in Rockport, Ind. Capt. Mike Hays was standing in the canyon created by the split console…

Hybrid boat spreads environmental awareness

Top, Explorer is framed by the Pittsburgh skyline as it heads down the Monongahela River. Above and below, Capt. Edsel Burkholder steering from the wheelhouse and docking the vessel using the control station on the bridge wing. Rachel Carson had…

Wilmington Tug

Madeline and Capt. Harry, 4,800-hp Ramparts class tugs designed by Robert Allan, assisting an OSG oil barge on the Delaware River. The tug Madeline was delivered by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding of Somerset, Mass., to Wilmington Tug in 2008. She is the…

Keeping pace with the towing regulation

Tugboat companies are feeling the push of existing regulations and licensing requirements and the pull of new ones under development by the U.S. Coast Guard. Regulations, regardless of industry or profession, seem often to be generated by incidents resulting from…