Tugboats & Towing

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…

Resolve repositions Makushin Bay response tug to Kodiak

(KODIAK, Alaska) — Resolve Marine has repositioned its Makushin Bay response tug from Dutch Harbor to Kodiak, where the growing need for maritime and response services will provide local vessel operators and owners with rapid response and cost efficiencies. Stationing…

Vane adds another model-bow tugboat to its fleet

(BALTIMORE) — Vane Brothers has taken delivery of the 3,000-horsepower Cape Fear, the 17th Maryland-built tugboat to join the Baltimore-based company’s fleet. Since 2008, 15 3,000-hp model-bow tugboats have been delivered to Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Naval Architects…

C&C Marine delivers triple-screw towboat to Hines Furlong Line

(BELLE CHASSE, La.) — C&C Marine and Repair has delivered Scarlett Rose Furlong to Hines Furlong Line Inc., the first in a three-boat series from the builder for the Nashville, Tenn.-based company. The triple-screw, 6,600-hp towboat measures 170 feet by…

Illinois River locks reopen for barge traffic

(WASHINGTON) — All locks on the Illinois Waterway are open to navigation after extended closures this year for significant repairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week. The Illinois Waterway, which provides a navigable connection between Lake Michigan…

Navy takes delivery of first YT 808 tug

(BREMERTON, Wash.) — The Navy’s first YT 808-class tug was recently delivered to Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton Annex. Only 17 days after delivery, YT 808 was in the water assisting USNS Richard Byrd (T-AKE 4) as it moved away from…

Rob Allan awarded honorary membership with SNAME

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Robert Allan Ltd. has announced that Robert G. (Rob) Allan has been made an honorary member by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), making him one of only 50 living individuals to enjoy…

Bouchard Transportation files for Chapter 11

(MELVILLE, N.Y.) — Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc., the nation's largest independently-owned oceangoing petroleum barge company, on Monday announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions to restructure under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code…

Another day in paradise for agile island tug

P&R Water Taxi is based in Kewalo Basin, where it builds its Tiger tugboats that work across Hawaii. The 4,400-hp Tiger 21 is one of more than a dozen Tiger tugs that P&R Water Taxi has built at its shipyard in Kewalo Basin, just west of Waikiki in downtown Honolulu. These nimble tugs, designed by P&R owner Charlie Pires with help from a Hawaiian naval architect, work in all of Hawaii’s commercial ports. P&R also has a contract to handle Navy ships in Pearl Harbor.

Crowley completes challenging fuel delivery to US military in the Arctic

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — Crowley successfully lightered and delivered nearly 4 million gallons of military specification fuel to Eareckson Air Station on the Aleutian Island of Shemya in Alaska, overcoming challenges that included Mother Nature’s destruction of the island’s shoreside dock,…

Laborde Products expands with Marine Systems Inc. agreement

(COVINGTON, La.) — Laborde Products Inc. has entered into an agreement with Marine Systems Inc. (MSI), parts and service, for its Chesapeake, Va., Thorofare, N.J., and Tampa, Fla., branch locations. MSI will provide complete service and support for Laborde Products’…