Author: Gregory M. Walsh

Reinauer Twins

Reinauer Transportation Co. is seemingly getting its money's worth out of the Rhode Island shipyard it acquired in 2006. The company expects to take delivery this summer on the third new tugboat built by the yard with an equal number…

Marathon

Marathon modernizes its fleet with three new 4,000-hp towboats

OSG Horizon

New in the Delaware lightering fleet: OSG Horizon ATB

Dana Cruz

One look at the 92-foot tug Dana Cruz and you might think that she will spend all of her time in the inland waters of Alaska. After all, she is built with an extreme shallow draft and push knees on…

Ocean Yvan Desgagnes

Another in a long series of new 5,000-hp ASD tractor tugs is expected at Quebec City on the Saint Lawrence River this summer. This one, Ocean Ross Gaudreault, nearing completion this spring at the East Isle Shipyard, follows the recent…

Mary Ann Moran

Moran Towing Corp. keeps cranking out the articulated tug-barge (ATB) units, but the latest one is slightly different than its predecessors, all of which were set up to haul oil barges. The new ATB tug Mary Ann Moran pushes the…

Hunting Creek

The very last boat is in the slipway, ready for delivery. It's the end of a long building program for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Md., involving at least 20 new tugs and a passel of barges from several different shipyards.…

Mako

Penn Maritime, of Stamford, Conn., has completed a five-vessel construction program with recent delivery of the 4,000-hp ATB offshore tug Mako, the 15th ATB to join the Penn fleet. Two of the newest tugs in Penn Maritime's fleet include Yellowfin…

Seaspan Raven

Seaspan Marine Corp., the largest tugboat operation in the Vancouver, B.C. area on Canada's West Coast, has taken delivery of the first of four new tugs built in Turkey, with others either soon to arrive or on the way. {C}…

Ken Boothe Sr.

Donjon Marine, a New Jersey-based towing and salvage company with global reach has introduced a 10,800-hp tugboat, newly-built on the Great Lakes, to be matched with a 740-foot self-unloading bulk cargo barge. Ken Boothe Sr., the newest ATB on the…

Catching a ride with a (slow) recovery

The slow pace of recovery within the U.S. and global economies still has much of the North American tugboat industry working on a slow bell. But business operators remain optimistic and investments in the future continue to be made, albeit…

Crystal Cutler

She is a small but noteworthy tug playing a big role for a company with a name long connected with New York Harbor. Crystal Cutler, the newest tug to begin work in New York Harbor, passes in front of the…

Crowley modernizes with new tugs and expanding barge fleet

Among the many new-construction programs at Crowley Maritime are introduction of a dozen new heavy-lift barges, such as the one at left. Crowley Maritime, the 100-year-old company with strong roots in the West Coast maritime industry, is involved in several…

Two new tractors join Ocean Group fleet in Quebec

Canadian tugs on the St. Lawrence River often find themselves doing ship-assist assignments while working in ice. Tugs of Ocean Group, including Ocean Bertrand Jeansonne, shown here, have ice-strengthened hulls and special features to protect propulsion gear. (Jean Hemond photos)…

Magnolia Marine completes six-boat building program

(Courtesy Magnolia Marine) Magnolia Marine Transport, of Vicksburg, Miss., recently introduced the sixth and final towboat in a series of new vessels constructed by Nichols Boat Company in Greenville, Miss. The 3,000-hp towboat Jody McMinn, went into service in September…

Crosby continues Gulf Coast fleet expansion

Crosby Tugs, a steadily expanding Louisiana towing company, has added a 10,500-hp offshore towing vessel to its roster, a move that brings the entire fleet up to 90 vessels, about half of which are inland towboats, plus a small collection…

Hawaiian company building last of its Tiger tugs

P&R Water Taxi, a privately-owned, entrepreneurial tug and workboat company based in Honolulu, Hawaii, laid down the keel of the last of its series of near-identical ship-assist tugs in late April, this one to carry the memorable name of Tiger…