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Bay-Houston Christens Tug

Haden II, the 12th tug for Bay-Houston Towing Company, was christened in Galveston. Designed in-house in coordination with Schuller & Allan, Inc., the 3,900 bhp tug is designed primarily for ship docking, but also has general towing capabilities. The vessel was built by Main Iron Works, and will service the ports of Houston and Galveston. Design criteria were developed to enhance the most important functions of the tug's mission: high maneuverability, coupled with maximum bollard pull (thrust).

CG Reopens Intracoastal Waterway

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur reopened the Intracoastal Waterway after the towing vessel Caroline was refloated Monday. The waterway was closed following a collision between the towing vessel Caroline and the towing vessel Miss Stacie at mile marker 312 on the Intracoastal Waterway early this morning.  No injuries were sustained during the collision. A Unified Command comprised of Canal Barge Company, Texas General Land Office

USCG Issues Fire Protection Equipment Requirements

All towing vessels except those in restricted services are required to comply with new requirements for fire protection equipment and procedures under an interim rule issued by the USCG. The rule is the first step in a two-pronged approach to implementing the requirements of the 1996 USCG Authorization Act, which directed the USCG to promulgate regulations requiring fire suppression systems or other measures to control fires on towing vessels.

SEMCO Orders Two Tugs

Signing for new tugs: pictured (l/r) are: Peter Lee, General Manager of Semco; V. Sivarajan, Managing Director of Semco parent PSA Marine; Tokuro Takagi, Executive Officer, USC; and Tetsuro Morita, Team Leader, Newbuilding and Commercial Vessels, USC. Following up on the delivery of two 165 tons bollard pull towing/salvage tugs in early 2004, Semco Salvage & Marine Pte Ltd has taken a step in renewing and enhancing fleet capability

Coastal Towing Announces New Refinancing

Coastal Towing, Inc., announced today the consummation of a $28 million senior term loan with the CIT Group/ Equipment Financing, Inc., Heller Financial Leasing, Inc. Pursuant to this transaction, the Company refinanced senior term debt under existing agreements with CIT and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. In addition, the loan will be used to facilitate Coastal?s barge construction program. Coastal Towing Announces New Corporate Officer

Cenac Towing Acquires Main Iron Works, Christens New Tug

Cenacs 72’x30’, Tier 3 compliant innovative push boat

Cenac Towing Company (Cenac Towing), a third-generation owned global marine transportation company, announced continued growth despite the oil and gas industry’s downturn.   Recently, Cenac Towing acquired Main Iron Works, a tug construction company, and this week, Cenac Towing will christen its brand new 2000 Hp Twin Screw Conventional Tug, The Jean Pierre Cenac. The innovative marine transportation company, run by industry veteran Arlen “Benny” Cenac

Coast Guard Monitors Sunken Tow Boat

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur is monitoring the pollution threat and structural integrity of the 132-foot, U.S.-flagged towing vessel Mama Lere, which is partially submerged and accompanied by a four barge tow. The Mama Lere began flooding while transiting from New Orleans to Houston. The flooding began in the engine room at Mile Marker 289 on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near the West Port Arthur Bridge

JK Fabrication’s Emergency Towing Reel

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You’ve got an emergency towing wire. Of course you do. It’s rusted beyond belief, probably retired from primary service two years ago when it developed that kink and those nasty fishhooks. And, it’s deployed where it should be; out on deck, in the open and exposed to the elements. Will it perform when you need it most? Probably not. It doesn’t have to be that way. According to JK Fabrication, the current system of storing wire on a front splash plate insures that the

Fully Loaded Container Barge Ablaze Off Bahamas

Container barge fire: Image credit USCG

The US Coast Guard inform that search and rescue personnel at the District Seven Command Center in Miami are coordinating fire-fighting efforts on a towed 730-foot barge loaded with containers on fire about 86-miles northeast of Nassau, Bahamas. The Command Center received a call from the 127-foot tug Patriarch, reporting that a fire had started among cargo containers on the the barge. The Coast Guard considered that there is no threat to the general population or the seven crewmembers

ATL Secures 10-Year OSV Contract for ExxonMobil

ATL’s newest OSV contract creates 100 new jobs Atlantic Towing Limited (ATL) announced today that it has secured a new 10-year firm contract, plus a total of 15 years of options at the Charterers’ discretion, with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) for four new state-of-the art Platform Supply Vessels operating out of St John’s, NL. The first ships for the contract will be delivered in 2016 and will join Atlantic

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

Photo:  Teekay Corporation

 Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market.    Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs.   Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year

Rolls-Royce to Equip ECO’s New Tugs

Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) worth more than $41 million to deliver propulsion and deck machinery for 13 new tugs, including five which will have a direct bollard pull of around 150 metric tons.  

Subchapter M: Post Publication Highlights

Photo: AWO

An extra T in TSMS, nowhere left to hide from systems documentation, and an emphasis on continuous improvement.      Back in January of this year, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) predicted Subchapter M would be released in spring 2016

The Advent of Subchapter M

Ian McVicker

A primer: the new rule and guidance for operators as they search for the right mix of compliance options to meet their specific and unique needs.      For several years, the towing vessel industry has been waiting for final publication of the U.S

Foss Maritime: Hard at Work in the Arctic

Glacier Wind in Cook Inlet (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

As the oil industry awaits a much-needed rebound, Foss Maritime’s robust presence in the Arctic region underscores its commitment to the region, the environment, and a business plan that looks ahead to the next chapter.   Reports of the death of commercial Arctic activities have been

Counter-piracy Measures Still Needed

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 ​Merchant shipping should continue to take protective measures against possible piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean through diligent application of International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidance and Best Management Practices (BMPs).   

Palfinger Wins Deck Equipment Package

Illustration of Havyard 832 MPV, where Palfinger Marine will deliver and extensive deck equipment package of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. (Copyright: Palfinger Marine GmbH, Havyard Group)

Palfinger Marine signed a contract with Turkish shipyard Cemre to supply a deck equipment package to a Havyard 832 MPV vessel being built for Esvagt. The package from Palfinger consists of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. The MPV will measure 81.9 x 17.16 m, with a  deck area of 620 sq

Container Shipping Line of the Year Award Goes to MSC India

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company (U.K.) Ltd

 MSC India is celebrating winning an award at a prestigious trade event. The agency took the prize for Container Shipping Line of the Year India - Europe Trade Lane in the 7th All India Maritime and Logistics Awards.   Held at the St Regis Hotel in Mumbai

Maritime Stakeholders Discuss Arctic Safety and Growth

Photo: Arctic Circle

 Some 2,000 government, industry, research and civil society representatives gathered for the Arctic Circle Assembly held October 7-9 in Reykjavik, where the group of international participants engaged in dialogue and cooperation centering on the future of the Arctic.  

Horizon Flips First Hull for McAllister

Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Ala. said it has reached milestone in its contract with McAllister Towing.    The Capt. Brian A. McAllister, the first of up to four hulls, has been flipped and set on the shipbuilding ways

Tug Allision Causes Diesel Spill in Texas

 U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office are responding to an oil spill at mile marker 667 on the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Isabel, Wednesday.   Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a report that the uninspected towing vessel Capt

St. Lawrence Seaway Shipments Steady in September

Photo courtesy of City of Milwaukee

“Notable increases were reflected in the export of wheat, corn and soybeans from the U.S. Ports of Duluth, Milwaukee and Toledo during the month of September,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.   

Grand Bahama Shipyard Reopens after Hurricane

Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard

The largest shipyard in the Caribbean and Central America, Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBSL), has reopened for business after sustaining minor damages from Hurricane Matthew.   Hurricane Matthew passed through Grand Bahama Island October 6

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