Author: Brian Gauvin

Date Changed for SUNY Maritime Towing Forum: Now Oct 26

Captain Eric Johansson, founder of SUNY Maritime College’s annual Towing Forum, said that the Towing Safety Advisory Council (TSAC), which normally holds its meeting in early September, was moved this year to October 19th, the same date as was scheduled…

Former Navy tugboat gets updated again as a green z-drive

McAllister Towing of Baltimore has put a new spin on an old tug, Kaleen McAllister, with the installation of a single azimuthing stern drive (ASD). Actually it's the second single z-drive conversion by McAllister of a former U.S. Navy YTB…

Reappearance of long-lost sign from repair yard brings a smile

Capt. Steve Kress, vice president of operations for McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., got a pleasant surprise one dreary wet and windswept day this winter. Three of his colleagues walked into his office on Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, N.Y., and…

Chesapeake Coast

Perhaps the most unusual boat this year, or in many years for that matter, is Chesapeake Coast, a Dann Marine Towing (DMT) tugboat nearing completion at Main Iron Works in Houma, La. The design is a model bow, 100-foot-long conventional…

Teddy Meyer

LeBeouf Bros. Towing sits on the bank of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, in Bourg, to the east of Houma, La. In recent years the company has developed an in-house barge-building program to supply its modern tank barge fleet at its…

Ocean Wave

Since Crowley Maritime began its fleet modernization program in 2002, size, performance and impact on the environment of each new class of vessel have grown bigger, grown faster and grown greener. Legacy, the first of three 750-class ATB tugs, nears…

New boat gives Fla. city speed and punch needed to fight fires

With 2,100 linear miles of waterway meandering within the 840-square-mile area comprising the city, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department of Florida felt under-equipped. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department's new 70-foot high-speed aluminum fireboat, propelled by four 1,015-hp Cat…

New Foss Hybrid Tug Steals the Show in LA

The green and white tug Carolyn Dorothy slipped past the Foss Maritime office on Pier D in Long Beach, performed a graceful, smokeless pirouette and continued out into San Pedro Bay with no more sound than a well-paddled freight canoe.…

The Levees at New Orleans

On the official start of Hurricane Season on June 1st. I accompanied some other journalist on a tour conducted by the Corps of Engineers of the some of the levees protecting Orleans and Jefferson Parish here in New Orleans. The…

Stuck in the Mud

Being in the towing and salvage business has improved my storytelling lately. Here's one: Got a call the other day at 4 in the morning from a fellow who was stuck in the mud. At least, that's what he said.…

On the boat, or off?

Taken from the bridge wing of Ocean Clipper showing the drill ship being towed into position between the aft towers of the submerged barge. Then the mooring crews hooked her up to the winches on the barge and she was…

Bringing ships over the Brunswick Bar

"Keep 'em on the centerline" was the resonating mantra passed to Capt. Bruce Fendig and Capt. Edwin Fendig III from their father, Capt. Edwin Fendig Jr. The pilot boat GRAYFEN maneuvers into position to remove Capt. Edwin Fendig III from…

Securing LNG

Whenever a liquefied-natural-gas (LNG) tanker is mentioned, the words huge, caution and safety seem to hover close by. Recently Moran Towing and McAllister Towing, the East Coast giants in the ship-assist business, conducted a joint firefighting exercise near the Dominion…

Frank Basile: Architect, boatbuilder and 'imagineer'

Frank Basile, engineer, naval architect and boatbuilder, has been at the center of the churning Gulf Coast workboat industry for over half a century. At 78, he shows no eagerness to retire. An engineer by training and a naval architect…

Gramma Lee T. Moran: A new generation

The two principal New York tugboat companies, Moran Towing and McAllister Towing, are changing the way ships are handled in the busy port. Both companies are modernizing their East Coast fleets with the introduction of new z-drive tugboats working alongside…

Bulker breaks loose from its mooring

One of the most dramatic stories to emerge from the chaotic events surrounding Hurricane Katrina involved the efforts of the 107-foot tug Mariam Walmsley Cooper to bring under control the handysize bulk carrier Chios Beauty, which had broken loose from…