Author: Gregory M. Walsh

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…

Colle’s newest tug was eight years in the building

The Robert Allan Ltd-designed tug is 98 feet long with 4,500-hp. She was built over an eight-year period at the company's own shipyard. Colle Towing, the principle tugboat company in Pascagoula, Miss., recently introduced its ninth tugboat, this one a…

Green & white tug fleet keeps growing

Madeline, the newest z-drive tractor tug for Willmington Tug Inc., is readied for delivery at the Gladding-Hearn shipyard in summerset, Mass. She is the first new tug built by that shipyard in more then a decade. The 4,800-hp ASD tractor…

Buffalo Marine expands Texas bunkering fleet

Photos by Brian Gauvin. Buffalo Marine Services, Houston, Texas, is a specialist in bunkering vessels on the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Their fleet of barges and towboats has increased substantially over the past two years keeping in step with their…

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. With economic indicators looking increasingly gloomy, and fuel…

Express unveils unique tug for handling coal barges: Duty

The z-drive tug designed for coastwise barge towing was built by Patti Shipyard in Florida. [photos courtesy Express Marine and Brian Gauvin] Express Marine, a traditional family-owned East Coast tug and barge company, has taken a giant leap into the…

Plenty of new tugs still in the building stage

The hull of a z-drive tractor tug takes shape while in plating stage at Main Iron Works, Houma, La. The shipyard has been working hard to keep up with a backlog of orders for new tugs for the past two…

Bouchard continues with buildup of ATBs: Linda Lee Bouchard

Linda Lee Bouchard. (Brian Gauvin) Bouchard Transportation of New York continues its program of building a fleet of deep-water, double-hulled, articulated tug-barge units with the introduction this year of the 6,140-hp tug Linda Lee Bouchard with a matching 110,000-barrel heated oil…

New player in Boston: Leo, Constellation Maritime

Marc Villa and his son, Rick Villa, at helm, are two of many people working to develop the new East Coast base for Foss Maritime in Boston. (Brian Gauvin) There are now two Boston tugboat companies with modern tractor-style equipment…

Vane Bros. keeps shipyards busy: Brandywine and Choptank

Vane Bros. has been keeping the shipyards busy with construction of new oil barges, wire towing vessels and ocean-going tugs with articulated connection systems. (Jim Demske, Brian Gauvin) Vane Bros. of Baltimore is a traditional towed-barge type of company, but…

Fuel management for tugs becoming an increasing challenge

The Sause Bros. tug Mikiona was designed for fuel efficiency with electronically controlled engines from MTU Detroit Diesel, Reintjes reduction gears, three-blade skewed propellers from Sound Propellers, NautiCan nozzles and NautiCan linked quad rudders. (Ron Karabaich) The cost of fuel…

New tug design goes against high-horsepower trend

Great Lakes Towing is building two  78-foot prototypes. The tugs' propulsion systems will be in the 2,800- to 3,200-hp range. (Courtesy Jensen Maritime Consultants) Great Lakes Towing is a century-old company that is undergoing a rebirth. At its well-worn shipyard…

New company launched by towing industry veterans

Busy days in the tug industry naturally lead to the establishment of new tug companies. This time it's a classic start-up story courtesy of Dominique and Rachel Smith, both veterans of the towing industry. They have established a one-boat towing…

Dynamic tugboat industry active on numerous fronts

The tugboat industry appears to be anything but stagnant. Despite the usual limiting factors in local operating environments, and despite others in the world economy that would seemingly make sales and earnings growth difficult to achieve, most tug companies are…

Bouchard's ATB fleet leads the pack

It is hardly a race, but Bouchard Transportation of New York finished up in 2006 with the largest fleet of articulated tug barges (ATBs) in the nation. Other East Coast companies, notably Penn Maritime and K-Sea Transportation, are seemingly working…