Author: Gregory M. Walsh

Express Marine goes with ASD drives on new ATB unit

Just a few years ago, Express Marine, a family-owned tug and barge company based in Camden, N.J., took a bold step with introduction of a pair of ASD z-drive tugs for use in pushing and towing barges loaded with coal.…

New Boston boat advances the art of tugboating

Half of its fleet may have been inactive during the worst of the recession, but that has not stopped Boston Towing & Transportation from locking up its position as the lead tugboat company in its port, as symbolized by the…

OSG introduces world’s largest ATB unit

Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) America, a subsidiary of one of the largest tanker companies in the world, has introduced what may be the largest articulated tug-barge unit operating in the world. (Brian Henesey photos) The 12,100-hp OSG Vision is the…

Moran expands with new business and more tugs

Moran Towing, with its corporate offices in New Canaan, Conn., continues to reinvest in its growing business. Even in dismal economic conditions, this company continues to build new tugs at a prodigious rate and to expand its list of ports…

Betz reflects steady modernization of tugboat world

It was the tug J. George Betz that recently got my attention. For some reason the name of that tug has always stayed in my mind, ever since it was featured in the first edition of American Tugboat Review —…

Entrepreneurial spirit thrives on Lake Superior

You can’t really be in the commercial towing business on the Great Lakes without being heavily into ice breaking. While both the Canadian and U.S. coast guards clear ice in the main shipping lanes, roughly from Christmas until April, it…

Bollard pull testing becoming standard for newly classed tugs

Foss Maritime’s new hybrid escort tug Carolyn Dorothy undergoes a bollard pull test in Seattle. (Gregory Walsh) Bollard pull testing, which produces a good measure of a tugboat’s pulling power, is becoming standard practice for newly built steel tugs, especially…

New BayDelta Tug Rules the Fleet in San Francisco

Starting this past spring, a new tugboat could be seen assisting crude oil tankers making their way into San Francisco Bay. She’s the 6,800-hp ASD tractor Delta Billie, newest addition to the fleet of Baydelta Maritime at Pier 15, San…

Andrie Introduces ATB-unit for Asphalt Trade on Great Lakes

The newest articulated tug-barge unit on the Great Lakes has been put into service by Michigan-based Andrie Inc. As part of a contract with BP Products North America, Andrie arranged for construction of a 50,000-barrel heated asphalt barge and renovated…

Vane Nears the End (maybe) of Building Spree

If there is a credit crisis in Baltimore, it sure must have passed by the door of Vane Brothers on Frankfurst Ave. This century-old company has just completed a 15-boat new-building contract with Thoma-Sea Boat Builders of Louisiana, but it…

Signs of recovery are out there (somewhere)

Despite the sharp drop in commerce, many U.S. shipyards continue to produce new tugs and towboats because of prior contracts. Florida Marine, with new boats shown above, and Kirby Corp., with a new boat shown below, are two companies continuing…

New York area tug operator sees big challenges ahead

Anabelle Roehrig pushing a Penn Maritime barge before the sale of Roehrig Maritime’s eight tugs to K-Sea Transportation. He could never have predicted it at the time, but it was the infamous 1988 tugboat strike in New York that set…

Industry keeping a wary eye on economic news

A container ship operated by China Shipping Container Lines unloads its cargo at the Port of Los Angeles.  Statistics indicate that U.S. container imports may be declining while container exports are increasing.  (Photo courtesy Port of Los Angeles) With economic…

The ASD tractor becomes the all-American tugboat

The ASD tug Lynne Moran working with an LNG tanker at an LNG terminal in Freeport, Texas, that opened earlier this year [Brian Gauvin photos] Were it not for Edison Chouest Offshore, American tugboat companies might have turned in a…

Crowley’s ATBs become larger and more plentiful

Crowley Maritime's newest ATB tug Resolve plays host to visitors in Charleston, S.C. during christening ceremonies this spring. When its current building program is over, Crowley will be operating as many as 17 ATB units of varying horsepower and cargo…

Eight new Chouest tractors all built for LNG work

Four tractors of Edison Chouest Offshore were on hand for the arrival of the 948-foot tanker Celestine River with the first cargo of liquified natural gas for a new LNG terminal at the mouth of the Sabine River on the…

Baydelta awaits 2nd pair of new ASD tractors

Photos courtesy Baydelta Maritime. Baydelta Maritime, the San Francisco-based tugboat company founded about 15 years ago by three former San Francisco bar pilots, is currently in the midst of an aggressive building program involving four new tractor-style tugs.Two of these…

Hunter Marine expands with pair of line-haul towboats

James H. Hunter, 3,600 hp, is the first of two near-identical towboats being introduced by Tennessee-based Hunter Marine Transport. A second vessel will be 4,000 hp. Both are designed by Corning Townsend of CT Marine. Hunter Marine Transport, a Kentucky-based…

New log-towing tugs show off unique B.C. style

New log-towing tug Inlet Wrangler is one of two designed by Canadian naval architect A. G. Mcllwain for Gowlland Towing. Gowlland Towing of Campbell River, British Columbia is expanding its fleet of log-towing vessels with the addition of two new…

First of five new ATBs for Penn Maritime

The single, elevated wheelhouse of Penn Maritime's new ATB tug, Skipjack, stands tall over the canals at Thoma-Sea Shipyards in Houma, La. Delivery of Penn Maritime’s new 4,000-hp ATB tug, Skipjack, was delayed by several factors, but the impressive new…

McAllister continues aggressive building program

Rosemary McAllister, designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants and built by Eastern Shipbuilding is the latest new build for New York-based McAllister Towing. McAllister Towing continues to be among the most aggressive U.S. companies when it comes to upgrading its fleet…

Florida Marine continues building boom

New tugboats for Florida Marine Transporters are shown here in various phases of construction at Eastern Shipbuilding group in Florida. Florida Marine Transporters of Mandeville, La., has been keeping shipyard workers busy with new boat orders in Florida, and recently…

New Texas tractors assigned to LNG work

Photos courtesy Brian Gauvin. Bay-Houston Towing of Texas recently introduced its newest and most powerful tug, Wesley A, already busily engaged in providing ship-assist service to LNG tankers calling at Freeport, as well as general ship-docking work throughout the greater…