Tugboats & Towing

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’…

MacGregor receives new orders from Asia, Scandinavia

(SINGAPORE) — MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured two new orders, one from Asia for two ro-pax ferries and another from Scandinavia for a group of Linkspans. Both orders are booked into Cargotec's third quarter 2020 order intake, with deliveries…

Tidewater Transportation names Johan Sperling as vice president, COO

(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Tidewater Transportation and Terminals has named Johan Sperling as its new vice president and chief operating officer. Sperling will have direct oversight and responsibility for the maintenance and engineering department, vessel operations, dispatch and terminal operations. Additionally,…

Vestdavit to deliver advanced boat-handling systems to US Navy

(BERGEN, Norway) — Vestdavit Inc., the U.S. operation set up by davit supplier Vestdavit, has won a contract to deliver boat launch-and-recovery systems to two expeditionary fast transport (EPF) vessels belonging to the U.S. Navy. Currently under construction by global…

Lumishore appoints David Thomas as mechanical engineering director

(SWANSEA, United Kingdom and SARASOTA, Fla.) — Lumishore, a leading manufacturer of high-performance marine LED lighting systems, recently announced the appointment of David Thomas as mechanical engineering director. Thomas brings to the role more than 15 years’ experience working within…

Ro-pax vessels achieve savings with FuelOpt propulsion automation

(GOTHENBURG, Sweden) — Ro-pax operators Color Line and Bohai Ferry have confirmed that fuel savings achieved through the use of Lean Marine’s FuelOpt propulsion automation system have exceeded expectations. As one of the more public-facing sectors of the industry, pressure…

ExxonMobil successfully trials first marine biofuel oil

(LONDON) — ExxonMobil has safely completed a successful sea trial using the company’s first marine biofuel oil with shipping company Stena Bulk, bunkered in the port of Rotterdam. The marine biofuel oil is a 0.5 percent sulfur residual-based fuel (VLSFO)…