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Navy modernizing tugboat fleet with YT 808 class

The U.S. Navy has launched a new class of tugboats that will replace aging YTBs on both coasts. YT 808 (Rainier) left Dakota Creek Industries last fall for Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state, where it has worked since…

Shallow-draft Aurora is designed for the long haul

Crowley Maritime has enhanced its fuel delivery unit with a sturdy articulated tug-barge (ATB) that will operate in remote western Alaska. The 4,000-hp Aurora pairs with the 55,000-barrel double-hulled barge Qamun through an innovative Intercontinental coupling system. The ATB…

Versatile Jack K. handles multiple roles at the dredge site

Having made the decision to invest in three dredge tenders, Weeks Marine of New Jersey developed a design they termed a modified lugger tug. The result, according to Shaun O’Brien, Weeks’ senior port engineer of towing and project manager…

B.C. operator welcomes first z-drive tugboat

N orth Arm Transportation has added a versatile z-drive tugboat to its fleet of coastal towing vessels – and it’s already earning acclaim from captains. “I love these Veth controls,” Capt. Ryan Scott said of the intuitive z-drive control…

Cooper Marine embraces cleaner-burning Tier 4 engines

Cooper Marine & Timberlands is now operating one of the most environmentally friendly linehaul towboats on the inland waterways. The company, based in Mobile, Ala., took delivery of Gretchen V. Cooper this spring from Blakeley BoatWorks. It is one…

Nimble Wanchese supports critical N.C. ferry operations

North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) welcomed the arrival of its all-purpose tugboat, Wanchese, to the Outer Banks. NCDOT oversees a diverse infrastructure portfolio for rail, aviation, bus, motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The department maintains 80,000 miles…

World’s first LNG bunkering ATB enters service

If you want to understand the special role Q-Ocean Service and its liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering barge play in the maritime industry, start by imagining a cruise ship. The massive vessel’s passengers are frolicking on decks, surrounded by…

Breaker II helps New York utility keep the lights on

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has added a new icebreaking tugboat that supports hydropower generation on the Niagara River. The 56-foot Breaker II typically works in far eastern Lake Erie and along the Niagara River as far north…

Reinauer updates original ‘facet tug’ for Tier 4 era

Reinauer Transportation Co. has redesigned its original “facet tug” articulated tug-barge (ATB) for a new era. Reinauer subsidiary Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, R.I., delivered the 120-foot Janice Ann Reinauer in March 2021. Since leaving the shipyard, the tugboat…

Foss builds flexibility into latest West Coast ship-assist tug

Foss Maritime Co. is nearly finished with a four-boat order from Nichols Brothers Boat Builders that has solidified its fleet of West Coast ship-assist tugboats. The company’s 100-by-40-foot ASD-90 series consists of four Valor-class tugs designed by Jensen Maritime,…

Crowley boosts San Francisco fleet with powerful Apollo

Crowley is adding new muscle to its California ship-assist fleet with a new ASD tugboat delivering more than 90 tons of bollard pull. Diversified Marine in Portland, Ore., is on pace to deliver the 82-foot Apollo in June 2021.…

Suderman & Young completes series of Z-Tech tugboats

Suderman & Young Towing of Houston has taken delivery of the final two vessels in its five-vessel order from Gulf Island Shipyards. The 98.5-by-42-foot Gemini and Mercury are built to the Robert Allan Ltd. Z-Tech 30-80 design. Tugs in…