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Boaters Get Safety Compliance Advice

Fremont Insurance points way for boaters to avoid most common small passenger-safety deficiencies With the long-awaited arrival of boating season in Michigan, Fremont Insurance wants to make sure that boaters have properly ensured the seaworthiness of their vessel before making their maiden voyage to avoid costly run-ins with authorities and guarantee the safety of the vessels passengers. "With an abundance of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes that the state has to offer, it should come as no surprise that boating is one of Michigan's most popular summertime activities," said Kurt Dettmer, vice president and chief marketing officer for Fremont Insurance.  "Unfortunately, in all the excitement to get back out on the water it can be easy to miss some common vessel deficiencies which may result in fines or in some cases may even compromise the safety of the vessel." The United States Coast Guard has identified the top 10 small passenger vessel deficiencies that owners should check for, and correct if necessary, before their next Coast Guard examination.

Statoil Employs Natural Gas Tugs

Statoil to Use Vessels Running on Natural Gas for Eco-Friendly Operations.   Statoil has awarded Buksér og Berging a contract for two escort tugboats to service the Kårstø processing plant on behalf of operator Gassco. The deal secures Kårstø new tugboat capacity with innovative technology for more environment-friendly operations. The two escort tugboats will assist the ships calling at Kårstø

Sequim Eyes Tugboat for Oil Spills

According to a Jan. 27 report from the Peninsula Daily News, oil, cargo and cruise industries would pay for a tugboat at Neah Bay under a proposed bill in the Washington state Legislature. House Bill 1409 -- which was introduced on Tuesday by 24th District Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim -- also would extend the tugboat's mission beyond rescue to also include responding to oil spills and save the state about $3.65 million a year, the Representative said.

MOL Starts Vietnam Tugboat Business

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that the company has established a joint venture with two local companies in Vietnam and started a tugboat business. The joint company will allocate high-powered, high-performance tugboats in Vietnam's Cai Mep/Thi Vai area, where deepwater container terminals are now under developing. It will offer safe, high-quality support services for vessels calling at ports in the region, helping meet the needs of Vietnam's shipping industry and international shipping

New Tugboats Serve Petroleos de Venezuela


The first high-specification tugboats featuring ComAp InteliGen NT Marine equipment are now in full operation providing South American oil company Petroleos de Venezula (PDVSA) with fully owned assets capable of quick response to firefighting operations and maneuvering tankers at Venezuelan oil terminals. Previous to the Venezuelan general strike of 2002-2003, PDVSA had a fully leased fleet, leaving it vulnerable in the crude oil loading and unloading operations

Chesapeake Inks Deal: 3 Tugs for Vane Brothers

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. signed another contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore to build three more ocean going tugs. This new contract marks the 15, 16 and 17th tugboats built for Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding since 2008. Construction on the first new tug has already begun in one of Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings. The design of these three new tugboats will be nearly identical to previous tugboats built for Vane Brothers

Obituary: Shirley J. Brown

Nov. 10, 1913 - Aug. 9, 2005. Remembered as one of the most influential businessmen in Pensacola's modern maritime industry, Mr. Brown was owner of Brown Marine Service. At its peak, his company operated 16 tugboat and fuel-oil barges, which transported nearly three-quarters of all diesel and gasoline products to Pensacola and other Panhandle marine terminals. Mr. Brown was the son of a tugboat captain and grandson of a ship's captain. (Source: Pensacola News Journal)

Latest on MSC Flaminia Salvage

Photo credit Reederi NSB

The stricken container ship remains on fire, but is now on tow towards Europe from its mid-Atlantic position The owners inform that  firefighting tugboat Fairmount Expedition owned by Fairmount Marine has begun to tow MSC Flaminia towards Europe. Simultaneously, firefighting tugboat Anglian Sovereign (L.P. Knight) continues to cool the fire. The tugboat Carlo Magno (Augustea S.A.) accompanies the group on standby.

Port Hedland Tugboat Strike Averted

Photo courtesy of the Port Hedland Port Authority

The threat of a strike by tugboat workers at Port Hedland has been averted after the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said no industrial action would be taken until late June at the earliest, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News alert. Tugboat workers aligned to the union had been threatening to bring Port Hedland to a halt over a dispute over wages and annual leave entitlements. The MUA yesterday, May 22, agreed to suspend taking industrial action for a 30-day period.

Sanmar Starts Construction at New Shipyard

Photo: Sanmar

Sanmar AS, a tugboat operator and builder in Turkey, has invested in another shipyard.   The new shipyard is located in Altinova, where construction has already begun on several vessels. When totally completed, the new shipyard will be approximately 50,000m2 in total, of which 26,000m2 will comprise a covered and closed production area.   Sanmar informs that the infrastructure is being designed to ensure maximum standards of health and safety

Next Generation of RAmparts Tugs for SAAM

Image: Robert Allan Ltd.

Chilean maritime services and logistics company SAAM S.A. has signed a contract with naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. for a new generation of RAmparts 2400-W Class tugs.   The first two boats for SAAM’s Peruvian affiliate TRAMARSA, named Chincha and Tupac

South African Boatbuilding: Tugboat Honors Mandela Birthplace

(Photos courtesy of Southern African Shipyards)

Transnet National Ports Authority announced a milestone in its $98 million tug building contract when the first of its nine new tugboats was launched at the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards.     “This is the largest single contract TNPA has ever

Rolls-Royce Wins Multiple Steerable Propellers Contract

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract for the delivery of 12 azimuthing thrusters to Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey, with an option for an additional 30 units.   The azimuth thrusters from Rolls-Royce, will provide propulsion for 6 tugboats rising to 21 if the option is exercised

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

“Early in 1864, a young man names James McAllister stood on board a sailing vessel where he served as a mate. The boat was about to set sail from the Red Bay of Cushendall … (James) did not know that this would never be home again.”  

Kirby Orders 2 More Workboats from NBBB

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) informs it has received orders for the construction of two new 120’ x 35’ x 19’-3” Twin Screw Tugboats for Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC.    Keels will be laid for both vessels this fall

USCG Search for Missing Crew of El Faro

Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles.  While searching in the vicinity of the ships last known position 35 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the Coast Guard located a deceased person in a survival suit in the water.  A heavily damaged life boat with markings consistent with those on board the El Faro was also located Sunda

  Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles. While searching in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35 nautical miles northeast

Search for El Faro Crew Continues, Hopes Fading

Lifeboat wreckage discovered by search crews Sunday (Image: USCG)

Responders continue the hunt for possible survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin.   As of Tuesday night, crews have searched some 172,257 square nautical miles while scanning in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35

AWO Calls on Congress for Vessel Discharges Bill

A federal appeals court ruling handed down this week underscores the urgent need for Congress to pass the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) and establish a uniform federal framework for the regulation of ballast water and other vessel discharges

Jensen Maritime to Design Two 120' Tugboats

Image: Jensen Maritime

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, was recently selected to provide the ABS Class and functional designs for two, new 120-foot twin screw tugboats for Ice Flow, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and Kirby

Svitzer Bags 30-year Towing Deal in Costa Rica

Svitzer has entered a 30-year terminal towage contract to provide marine services for the new APMT Moin Container Terminal in Costa Rica, starting from the third quarter of 2017.   In addition to supplying marine service, Svitzer will provide three 70TBP ASD tugs (two with FiFi 1)

Double Milestone for Great Lakes Shipyard

Joseph P. Starck, Jr., President, The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard; Eduardo De Jesus Paiz Lemus, Presidente Junta Administrador & Gregg A. Thauvette, Vice President, Operations, The Great Lakes Towing Company (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard holds commissioning ceremony for NYPA tug and keel laying ceremony for harbor fug for Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala   Tug Daniel Joncaire II, the first of two tugboats to be built by the Great Lakes Shipyard for New York Power Authority – Niagara Project

BMT Performs Production Engineering for ATB Tug

Photo: BMT Nigel Gee

Independent naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee (BMT) said it has completed detailed production engineering for the Nancy Peterkin, an articulated tug barge (ATB) tugboat, built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and destined for Kirby Offshore Marine.

KOTUG Asia's Rotortugs Begin Work in Malaysia

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG Asia Sdn. Bhd. has commenced towage activities with its Rotortugs in the port of Tanjung Pelapas (PTP) Malaysia, with effect from November 1, 2015, the operator and owner announced today.   KOTUG Asia said it started its operations with two 65 tons bollard pull Rotortugs

Sanmar Names Caterpillar ‘Engine of Choice’

A tug built by Sanmar Shipyards (Photo: Caterpillar Marine)

Caterpillar Marine’s dealer in Turkey, Borusan, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyards for the supply of a range of propulsion units over the next three years.    The LOI covers the supply of Cat propulsion engines and generator sets to

New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers

Fort Schuyler (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Baltimore-headquartered marine transportation provider The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of the Fort Schuyler, the latest Maryland-built tugboat to join the company’s fleet.   Fort Schuyler is the 11th Sassafras Class tugboat contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake

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