Author: Casey Conley

NTSB: SEACOR Power capsized as crew prepared to drop legs

Facing an unexpectedly strong storm, crew aboard the lift boat SEACOR Power began lowering the vessel’s retractable legs in an effort to ride out the weather. Moments later, the 234-foot vessel rolled over as the helmsman turned into the…

Golden Ray salvage resumes after wreckage catches fire

Salvage work has resumed near Brunswick, Ga., following a fire inside the Golden Ray wreck that burned for roughly seven hours. Workers noticed smoke emanating from the capsized vehicle carrier around noon on May 14. At the time, crews…

Bulker leaves channel, grounds near entrance to North Carolina port

A foreign-flagged bulk carrier loaded with agricultural products ran aground near Morehead City, N.C., and it required help from multiple tugboats to refloat.  The 590-foot Kite Bay became stuck May 25 at about 0700 on the sandy bottom in Beaufort Inlet. The vessel grounded completely outside…

Brownwater News July, 2021

U.S.-flagged cruise ship aground in Lake Barkley Salvage efforts are ongoing to free a cruise ship that ran aground in Lake Barkley, within the Cumberland River, near the Kentucky town of Cadiz. Donjon-SMIT is leading the effort to refloat American Jazz, which became…

Shipbuilding News July 2021

Crowley adds  versatile  ATB  for Alaska service  For the second year in a row, Crowley has added a new articulated tug-barge to work in the Alaska market.    The 410-foot ATB includes the tugboat Aurora and 55,000-bbl barge Qamun. Master Boat Builders of Alabama delivered…

Navy modernizing tugboat fleet with YT 808 class

The U.S. Navy has launched a new class of tugboats that will replace aging YTBs on both coasts. YT 808 (Rainier) left Dakota Creek Industries last fall for Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state, where it has worked since…

Shallow-draft Aurora is designed for the long haul

Crowley Maritime has enhanced its fuel delivery unit with a sturdy articulated tug-barge (ATB) that will operate in remote western Alaska. The 4,000-hp Aurora pairs with the 55,000-barrel double-hulled barge Qamun through an innovative Intercontinental coupling system. The ATB…

Cooper Marine embraces cleaner-burning Tier 4 engines

Cooper Marine & Timberlands is now operating one of the most environmentally friendly linehaul towboats on the inland waterways. The company, based in Mobile, Ala., took delivery of Gretchen V. Cooper this spring from Blakeley BoatWorks. It is one…

Breaker II helps New York utility keep the lights on

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has added a new icebreaking tugboat that supports hydropower generation on the Niagara River. The 56-foot Breaker II typically works in far eastern Lake Erie and along the Niagara River as far north…

Reinauer updates original ‘facet tug’ for Tier 4 era

Reinauer Transportation Co. has redesigned its original “facet tug” articulated tug-barge (ATB) for a new era. Reinauer subsidiary Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, R.I., delivered the 120-foot Janice Ann Reinauer in March 2021. Since leaving the shipyard, the tugboat…

Crowley boosts San Francisco fleet with powerful Apollo

Crowley is adding new muscle to its California ship-assist fleet with a new ASD tugboat delivering more than 90 tons of bollard pull. Diversified Marine in Portland, Ore., is on pace to deliver the 82-foot Apollo in June 2021.…

Suderman & Young completes series of Z-Tech tugboats

Suderman & Young Towing of Houston has taken delivery of the final two vessels in its five-vessel order from Gulf Island Shipyards. The 98.5-by-42-foot Gemini and Mercury are built to the Robert Allan Ltd. Z-Tech 30-80 design. Tugs in…

Maritime Casualty News June 2021

Vessel stolen from Seattle wharf  A small vessel owned by Argosy Cruises was stolen from a Seattle wharf by someone who claimed there were explosives on board and made veiled threats against local ferry lines. Authorities boarded the vessel in…

Brownwater News June 2021

AWO elects Illinois Marine Towing’s Del Wilkins as chairman Membership of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) has selected Del Wilkins as its new chairman. Wilkins, the president of Illinois Marine Towing, was among a slate of new leaders elected to lead the national…

Shipbuilding News June 2021

Eastern lays keel on second Coast Guard OPC  Eastern Shipbuilding held a ceremony recently marking the authentication of the Coast Guard’s second offshore patrol cutter (OPC), USCGC Chase  (WMSM-916), that included remarks by Adm. Karl Schultz, the 26th commandant of the Coast Guard.   Eastern is…

Tow operator disputes NTSB findings after barge breach at lock

Federal investigators determined that crew inattention was the probable cause of a barge accident at the Jamie Whitten Lock and Dam on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway that spilled nearly 2,800 barrels of crude oil.  Savage Inland Marine, then the operator…