Author: Brian Gauvin | Gulf Coast Correspondent and Photographer

There's A Lot New in Reinauer's Boathouse

After a brief pause, Reinauer Transportation Co. is at it again. This time the New York based company has introduced the first of a new series of articulated tug-barge units, with both tugs and barges built by the company's own…

Harbor Docking Eyes LNG Work with New ASD Tractors

Two big, liquefied natural gas-capable, azimuthing stern drive tractor-style tugs have joined the fleet of conventional twin screw tugs at Harbor Docking and Towing in Lake Charles, La. The new tugs, Ted and George, at 105 feet in length and…

Los Angeles Fireboat 2 is No. 1 in the world

The 105-foot fireboat cruises near its boathouse on the Los Angeles waterfront. In 2003, the Los Angeles Fire Department acquired the 105-foot fireboat Warner L. Lawrence, commonly called Fireboat 2. She is said to be the most powerful fireboat in…

Great Lakes Towing seeks opportunity in adversity

When Great Lakes Towing (GLT) was founded in 1899 by some of the most storied names in American business, the company was poised to, and did, become the largest tug assist company on the Great Lakes. The opening of the…

G&H Towing: Ready for the LNG to flow

Wesley A on the port bow and Thor on the starboard accompany the LNG tanker Excalibur into Freeport for one of just two deliveries of LNG made to the Texas terminal that opened in 2008. When the LNG carrier Excalibur…

Model-bow tugboats capable of inland, offshore operations

Lady Loren is one of three model-bow boats operated by LA Carriers. The three-screw design means the vessel can operate effectively even if it loses one of its engines. Courtesy LA Carriers The model-bow tugboat, a combination towing and pushing…

Puget Sound Pilots

From his office, Capt. Delmar Mackenzie has a great view of Seattle’s harbor. But Seattle is not the only port he presides over as president of the Puget Sound Pilots. “We cover a large geographical area surpassing the combined areas…

Stealth Vessel: Bigelow runs quietly to monitor fish

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 208-foot fisheries research vessel Henry B. Bigelow slipped through Nantucket Sound cleanly and quietly on NOAA’s 2008 Autumn Trawl, Leg II. Commissioned in 2007, Bigelow is the second vessel in a four-ship series…

Ferries find new life on Long Island Sound

The Wronowski family of New London, Conn., owns a string of marine companies along the Thames River waterfront, including Cross Sound Ferry Services and Block Island Ferry Services. When the Wronowskis go abroad to buy new ferries, they most often…

Schooner Virginia: classroom under sail

Virginia, the official tall ship and youth sail training vessel of the Commonwealth of Virginia, slices through the waters of Long Island Sound off New London, Conn. “I run a traditional ship and I use traditional commands,” said Capt. Hank…

Portland Tugboat: Keeping the oil flowing north

Capt. Brian Fournier, president of Portland Tugboat, LLC, boarding the tanker Sea Lady, where he performed the duties of docking pilot. [photos by Brian Gauvin] Portland, Maine, is the largest oil port on the Eastern Seaboard. Since 1941, oil has…

Crew boat supports dive operations

Chimera is a 100-foot Camcraft crew boat used by Sea Sub Systems to support its commerical diving operations. The company, founded in 1980, is working on the extension of a pipeline that will cary gas under Tampa bay to a…

Crew boat built to perform and to entertain

  Greater Scott is a 160-footer built by Neuville Boat Works for Texas Crewboats. The 160-by-30-foot Greater Scott was delivered from Neuville Boat Works, New Iberia. La., to Texas Crewboats, Freeport, Texas, in January. She is the seventh boat in…

OSV goes West, finds a new life

Foss Maritime’s 40-foot lightering support vessel Piper Inness in Long Beach, Calif. (Brian Gauvin) In the Gulf of Mexico, the140-foot Piper Inness would be called an OSV. However, at Long Beach, Calif., where Foss Maritime owns the vessel and operates…

Exploring the geology of the seabed

The 261-foot drill ship Fugro Explorer during trials in Tampa Bay. (Brian Gauvin) Fugro Explorer is a 261-foot drill ship that conducts geotechnical soil sampling and testing for a wide range of clients worldwide, including oil exploration companies and engineering…

Harbor police: Keeping a key oil port secure

Officers Mitchell Hohensee and Scott Bynam on patrol in their 17-foot open patrol boat powered by a single 150-hp outboard. Port Fourchon is the most important base on the Gulf of Mexico for vessels serving the offshore oil industry. The…