Author: Professional Mariner Staff

Coast Guard monitoring damaged rig to prevent sinking

The Coast Guard is monitoring a jack-up rig that was run aground this morning to prevent it from sinking approximately one mile offshore and six miles south of the Port Aransas jetties. The crew of the tug Vinton Crosby radioed…

Boat U.S. Foundation awards boating safety grants

The Boat U.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to 23 nonprofit groups from Alaska to Florida to spread the message about safe boating practices. Since 1988, the foundation has awarded over three…

Odyssey manual provides information on high-performance batteries

EnerSys, the world's largest manufacturer, marketer and distributor of industrial batteries, now offers an updated application manual for its Odyssey line of high-performance batteries. In addition to the information provided in the past, the new manual includes updated test data,…

PCB Piezotronics introduces combustion pressure sensors

PCB Piezotronics, Inc. (PCB®) has introduced a new series of dynamic pressure sensors, ideal for monitoring dynamic combustion pressure in diesel and natural gas powered engines and other reciprocating equipment. Proper monitoring of engines and machinery using these sensors allows…

Ocean Group of Quebec introduces third tractor tug

Ocean Group (Groupe Océan), the Quebec-based company that dominates tug services on the St. Lawrence River, has added a third z-drive tractor tug to its fleet of 18 tugs, this one working in Quebec City while two others are handling…

Clean Water solutions names new distributor

Island Marine Outfitters in Roadtown, Tortola, BVI, has been named the newest distributor for Clean Water Solutions, Inc.  Susanne Homer, vice president for Clean Water Solutions, made the announcement. Island Marine has been providing services and products to avid cruisers…

Moran modernizes with new tractors, newer barge fleet

Moran Towing Corporation, a Connecticut-based company that operates the largest fleet of z-drive tractor tugs on the East Coast, keeps building more of them.   Not only that, but Moran is engaged in an aggressive barge building program and will…

Island Tug & Barge finds growth in oil trade

Employees of Island Tug & Barge, Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, like to say that they don't know much about bollard pull ratings — for them its much more about barge pulling. That, they say, is what they do.   Almost…

Vane Brothers expanding in oil transportation business

Vane Brothers of Baltimore can no longer be described as a small, Baltimore-based bunkering company with scattered coastal barge operations. From now on it appears that Vane Brothers will be a multi-level oil transportation company with operations up and down…

Boom in barge building continues

These are great years to be in the barge building industry, although it's anyone's guess what will happen after the OPA 90 deadline year of 2015.   For now, most of the major shipyards building coastwise and inland barges have…

New In Every Wheelhouse

There were days when ship lights in the distance were mysterious, sometimes even a little threatening. Those lights belonged to an unknown vessel until it was spoken to and identified. In many cases the lights of an unknown ship would…

Providence gets new conventional tug for ship-assist

Providence Steamboat, a small, family-operated tug company in Rhode Island, has been steadily upgrading its fleet of ship-assist tugs, the latest improvement being the addition of a twin-screw, 4,800 hp conventional tug named Maurania III.   Introduced in mid-2005, the…

Strong U.S. economy and prospects keep tug business moving ahead

Americans, vigorous consumers to begin with, are benefiting from a strong economy, and that spells good news for the tugboat industry. The U.S. economy, despite all the hurdles blocking its path, has been growing for several years. Despite dramatically higher…

Tampa towing company completes all-tractor tug fleet

Marine Towing of Tampa, through acquisition of new tugs and disposal of others, has recently earned the distinction of being the only tugboat company in North America operating an all-tractor tug fleet.   The company recently took delivery of a…

Crowley builds its West Coast ATB fleet

Crowley Maritime, focusing its current building efforts on expansion and modernization of its West Coast tank barge fleet, is engaged in a $250 million construction program involving six new heated oil barges and matching 9,000 hp tugs with articulated connection…

Bisso introduces second tractor tug with a third on the way

Bisso Towboat, one of three competing ship-assist companies on the lower Mississippi River, is continuing its decade-long new-building program with the introduction this spring of a new 4,400 hp z-drive tractor tug, Alma S.   This tug has been a…

Golding brings on new towboats, barges

Golding Barge Line, the relatively new inland barging company based in Vicksburg, Miss., continues to expand its fleet with new barges and towboats, the latest being a 2,400 hp boat with a retractable pilothouse.   Golding, founded by Steve Golding,…

Crescent's new tug for the Savannah River

Crescent Towing of New Orleans continues to modernize and expand its fleet of z-drive tugs with the introduction of a 6,100 hp tractor specifically designed for ship-assist work involving LNG tankers on the Savannah River in Georgia.   Crescent's new…

New equipment for newly-formed Horizon Maritime

Steve Proehl, following in the footsteps of Walter Blessey, for whom he worked for a decade, is off to a brisk start with his new inland barging company, Horizon Maritime, based in Houston.   Proehl, who resigned from Blessey Marine…

Towing winches: Brute machines for offshore tugs

Aside from those massive diesel engines, the real brute force found at the heart of every offshore tugboat is its towing winch. Almost nothing is towed in offshore waters without a towing winch. And no matter how modern the rest…