Tugboats & Towing

Crowley begins use of biofuel to power San Francisco tug

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Shipping and Shell Trading (US) Company (STUSCO) recently initiated use of low-carbon biofuel to power the Crowley tugboat Veteran, a ship assist and escort tug serving San Francisco Bay. The fueling contract between the companies reflects…

Blakeley delivers Tier 4 towboat to Cooper Marine & Timberlands

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Gretchen V. Cooper, the nation’s first line-haul towing vessel powered by EPA Tier 4 Caterpillar high-speed engines with selective catalytic reduction, was built by Blakeley BoatWorks (BBW) and is now operated by Cooper Marine & Timberlands (CMT).…

Crowley, Greenbrier launch ATB fuel barge for Alaska service

(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Crowley achieved a significant milestone Saturday in its 55,000-barrel articulated tug-barge (ATB) newbuild project with the launch and christening at Greenbrier Marine of Qamun, a double-hulled petroleum barge specifically designed for the Alaska fuels market. The 350-foot…

Master Marine delivers third pushboat in series to Plimsoll

(BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala.) — Master Marine Inc. (MMI) has delivered the 67-by-28-foot Rock Solid to Plimsoll Marine. Rock Solid is the third vessel that MMI is scheduled to deliver to Plimsoll Marine, one of the Lower Mississippi River’s premier…

Bankruptcy judge removes Morton Bouchard as CEO of company

(HOUSTON) — A judge ordered Bouchard Transportation CEO Morton S. Bouchard III to be immediately removed from his position at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. Bouchard Transportation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection…

Vane expands to Great Lakes with all-season asphalt trade

Air temperatures on a December day in Buffalo, N.Y., average about 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, with water temperatures around 40 and dropping, but the cargo on a newly arrived barge is maintained at 300 degrees. Snowflakes falling on…

Coast Guard medevacs tugboat captain in Brownsville

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a tugboat captain in Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi command center watch standers received a medevac request at 7:16 a.m. via VHF Channel 16 from the…

New Crowley ATB to deliver fuel to US air station in Aleutians

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Solutions has been awarded the five-year contract to deliver military specification fuel to the Eareckson Air Station located on the remote Aleutian Island of Shemya, Alaska. Under the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency-Energy contract, beginning in 2021,…

Southern Towing announces acquisition of Devall Towing

(CHICAGO) — Southern Towing Company (STC), an affiliate of CC Industries (CCI), has acquired Devall Towing from the Devall family. Founded in 1952, Devall is a towboat and barge operator for specialty chemicals along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Lower…

Coast Guard Foundation names Thomas Allegretti board chairman

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced that Thomas Allegretti was elected chairman of the board as of Jan. 7. Allegretti first…

Saltchuk Marine to expand ship-assist operations

(SEATTLE) — Saltchuk Marine has acquired Centerline Logistics’ harbor ship-assist operations in California and the Pacific Northwest. Eight ship-assist tugs currently operated under the Millennium and Starlight brands will join the Saltchuk Marine fleet in early 2021. Operations will be…

Great Lakes Towing christens two tugs in virtual ceremony

(CLEVELAND) — On Dec. 16, The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard’s employees joined at the company’s Cleveland facilities to celebrate the christening of the new tugs Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Customers, vendors, community, friends, family and the public…

AWO video thanks mariners for helping US navigate pandemic

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has released a new video thanking the mariners of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry for their vital role in helping the nation navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout 2020, commercial mariners,…

Robert Allan Ltd. launches RApport 1900-SX harbor tug

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Designed exclusively for Sanmar Shipyards, the Robert Allan Ltd. RApport 1900-SX harbor tug replaces the Sanmar Series which currently consists of 31 units built and delivered since 1995. The first six vessels of the new design…

Bay State brothers find industry niche by making old into new

Zero non-conformities is what you want to hear when the U.S. Coast Guard inspects your tugboat. Once you’ve prepared your vessel, the inspectors come aboard to peruse your paperwork. They ask you pointed questions, to which they expect straightforward answers.…

Dutch operator selects Sea Machines' remote helm system for offshore tug

(BARENDRECHT, Netherlands) — Herman Sr. BV, a Netherlands-based tugboat and workboat company, will add a SM200 wireless, remote-helm control system from Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics to one of its Shoalbuster tugboats, the 76-foot Teddy, to increase productivity and operational safety…

Conrad delivers pair of asphalt barges to Parker Towing

(MORGAN CITY, La.) — Conrad Shipyard has delivered two 30,000-barrel asphalt barges to Parker Towing of Tuscaloosa, Ala. PTC 2001 and PTC 2002 are double-skin vessels measuring 297 feet by 54 feet by 12 feet. Each barge is outfitted with…

Nichols launches third ASD-90 tug for Foss Maritime

(FREELAND, Wash.) — The third of four ASD-90 tugs for Foss Maritime, Leisa Florence, was launched at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) on Nov. 18. The ASD-90 tugs are designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle. The 100-by-40-foot z-drive tractor…