Tugboats & Towing

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…

Robert Allan Ltd. introduces ElectRA series of battery electric tugs

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — With the recent announcement of the HaiSea Marine tug fleet, the maritime industry gained its first glimpse of Robert Allan’s Ltd.’s recent work in battery electric tugboats and their potential to significantly reduce or even eliminate…

Long-sought Houston Ship Channel expansion gets federal go-ahead

After a decade-long campaign by maritime industry stakeholders, Congress has authorized the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel for safer and more efficient navigation. The project will widen and deepen the nation’s busiest waterway, which is accommodating increased traffic…

AWO elects Illinois Marine Towing's Del Wilkins as chairman

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected a new slate of leaders last week during the association's Spring Board of Directors/Annual Membership Meeting. Del Wilkins, president of…

C&C delivers fourth towboat in series to Maritime Partners

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered the towboat Ned Brooks to Maritime Partners, the fourth in a 15-boat series that C&C is building for the Metairie, La.-based company. The 2,600-hp, 84-by-34-foot towboat was designed by Entech…

Dakota Creek launches fourth new harbor tug for Navy

(ANACORTES, Wash.) — Yard tug (YT) 811 was successfully launched at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) on May 8, the Navy’s Program Executive Office (Ships) announced. YT 811 is the Navy’s fourth of six YT 808-class harbor tugboats ordered in July…

New Foss tug features Sea Machines autonomous system

(SEATTLE) – Foss Maritime has selected Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomous command and control system for use aboard its tugboat Rachael Allen, the fourth in a series of ASD-90 tugs from Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, Wash. Delivering in…

Chronic 'nuisance vessel' scuttled off southeast Alaska

(JUNEAU, Alaska) — The City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) Docks and Harbors and Global Diving & Salvage, assisted by Coast Guard Sector Juneau, scuttled the derelict tugboat Lumberman off southeast Alaska on Sunday. The Coast Guard cutter John McCormick,…

Chesapeake delivers 16th model bow tug to Vane Brothers

(BALTIMORE) — Vane Brothers has taken delivery of Cape Henry, a 3,000-hp model bow tug that is the 18th Maryland-built towing vessel to join the company’s fleet. Since 2008, 16 3,000-hp model bow tugs and two 3,000-hp pushboats have been…