Tugboats & Towing

Robert Allan designs methanol-fueled crew transfer vessel

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — With support from the Carbon Trust, United Kingdom and the Offshore Wind Accelerator program, Robert Allan Ltd. has brought the offshore wind industry closer to eliminating carbon emissions from the supply chain with the development of…

Towing industry inches toward all-electric future

As electric ferries and tour boats become more common, the next big challenge is electric tugboats.   Two companies in particular have taken up that challenge: Crowley Maritime and Robert Allan Ltd. More stringent air pollution control regulations are…

Ocean Group acquires Samson Tugboats of Vancouver

(QUEBEC CITY) — Ocean Group has announced the acquisition of Samson Tugboats Inc., a Vancouver-based company specializing in harbor towing in the Vancouver area since 2011. In March 2020, Ocean Group announced that it had been awarded several major contracts…

McAllister orders two Tier 4 z-drives from Washburn & Doughty

(NEW YORK) — McAllister Towing has signed a contract for the construction of two 93-by-38-foot, Tier 4, 84-metric-ton bollard pull tractor tugs with the option for two more. These tugs will further enhance McAllister’s East Coast fleet with the ability…

Sea Machines plans autonomous voyage around Denmark by ocean tug

(BOSTON) — Sea Machines Robotics will embark on a 1,000-nautical-mile autonomous and remotely commanded journey around Denmark later this month. Aptly named The Machine Odyssey, the voyage marks a landfall moment for autonomous transportation and is slated to prove that…

ABS, Vanderbilt analyze decarbonization strategies for inland waterways

(HOUSTON) — The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Vanderbilt University have published a landmark report analyzing decarbonization strategies for U.S. inland waterways. "Decarbonization of the Inland Waterway Sector in the United States" evaluates the potential for possible future propulsion…

AWO presents annual tankering safety award to Arcosa Marine

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Last week, the American Waterways Operators' (AWO) Tankering and Barge Operations Subcommittee presented AWO affiliate member Arcosa Marine Products with the subcommittee's second annual safety award. Arcosa received this award for the design and construction of its…

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Bouchard vessels

(HOUSTON) — Tugboat and barge operator Bouchard Transportation, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September, has secured court approval to sell its two main asset groups for $245 million, Reuters reported. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones on Thursday…

Vane Brothers takes delivery of third Salisbury-class pushboat

(BALTIMORE) — Vane Brothers in July took delivery of Rock Hall, the third in a series of four 3,000-horsepower pushboats. The newbuild is the 19th Maryland-built towing vessel to join the Baltimore-based company’s fleet since 2008. Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Naval…

McAllister to operate LNG ATB for Polaris New Energy

(NEW YORK) — McAllister Towing LNG Services will serve as technical manager for the Polaris New Energy liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation in Florida, operating the articulated tug-barge (ATB) Polaris/Clean Canaveral. Polaris is a 4,000-horsepower tug fitted with a…

Crowley plans first all-electric tugboat in US

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — ­Crowley Maritime Corp. announced Monday that it will lead the next generation of industry sustainability by building and operating eWolf, the first all-electric powered harbor tugboat that can complete a job without expending a drop of fuel.…

Nichols Brothers completes fourth ASD-90 tug for Foss

(FREELAND, Wash.) — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has delivered the fourth ASD-90 tractor tug in a four-vessel series to Foss Maritime, a division of the Saltchuk company. NBBB completed and delivered Jamie Ann, Sarah Avrick, Leisa Florence and Rachael…

Diversified delivers Tier 4 tug to Crowley for Bay Area duty

(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship-assist and harbor escort services group has taken delivery of Apollo, a 78-foot tugboat with an estimated 94 tons of bollard pull, from Diversified Marine Inc. The tugboat has completed final outfitting and will…

Crowley takes delivery of Tier 4 ATB for Alaska service

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley recently took delivery of Aurora/Qamun, a 55,000-barrel articulated tug-barge (ATB), from Master Boat Builders and Gunderson Marine. The 410-foot vessel is the second ATB in Crowley’s fleet, after Aveogan/Oliver Leavitt, to be dedicated to the Alaska…

C&C Marine delivers second towboat in series to Kirby

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered Bowling Green, the second in a three-boat series, to Kirby Inland Marine. The towboat was delivered just six months after the first vessel in the series. The triple-screw, 6,600-hp vessel…

ABS, RAL, Signet partnering on 3D-designed tugboat

(HOUSTON) — The first commercial U.S. vessel designed, built and verified using an end-to-end 3D design process is now under construction in a pioneering project by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL), Signet Maritime Corp. and…

AWO video highlights industry's commitment to environmental sustainability

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has produced a video highlighting the tugboat, towboat and barge industry's commitment to, and progress toward, environmental sustainability. The video notes that marine transportation is already the most environmentally friendly method of…

Court filing reveals 'robust interest' in Bouchard's assets

(HOUSTON) — Tugboat and barge operator Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. has secured approval to solicit creditor votes for its proposed reorganization plan as it continues its efforts to sell its assets in bankruptcy, Reuters reported. Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David…

Metal Shark delivers third towboat in series to FMT

(BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala.) — Metal Shark’s Bayou La Batre shipyard has delivered Gianna Hull, the builder's third 120-by-35-foot river towboat for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) of Mandeville, La. The four-deck, welded-steel Subchapter M-compliant towboat was designed by John W.…

C&C Marine delivers first vessel to Parker Towing

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered the towboat Olive Parker to Parker Towing Co., the first vessel from the builder for the Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based company. The 4,400-horsepower towboat measures 147.5 feet by 34 feet by 10…