Professional Mariner - October-November 2017

Powerful McAllister z-drive flexes its muscles in Maine

On a warm June day, the first indication that summer would visit Portland, Maine, this year, the tugs Andrew McAllister and Rowan McAllister took up positions — bow and stern quarter, respectively — on the 600-foot tanker Great Eastern.

Casualty briefs

Asphalt tanker loses power, propulsion in North Atlantic The tanker Asphalt Sailor drifted for more than a day in the North Atlantic with limited communications after losing propulsion and electrical power roughly 200 miles off Nantucket. The 356-foot Marshall Islands-flagged…

New Jones Act ammonia carrier delivers for fertilizer giant

Swan Island, in the Willamette River at Portland, Ore., saw a lot of ships launched from the Kaiser Yard during World War II, but those shipyard workers could not have imagined anything like the 508-foot Harvest launched by Vigor in 2017 from the same site.