GREAT LAKES TOWING
After one of the five coldest Decembers in recorded history, The Great Lakes Towing Company is finishing up one of its busiest seasons in recent history of icebreaking on the Great Lakes. While the U.S. Coast Guard's role in assisting ships through the ice of the Great Lakes is relatively well-known, few people outside the marine industry realize that U.S. Coast Guard assistance is provided mainly in the federally-maintained navigation channels, and that commercial tugboats with icebreaking capability, and their dedicated crews, assist as many, if not more, ships in harbors throughout the lakes each winter season. During the 2000-2001 winter to date, the tugboats of The Great Lakes Towing Company, an affiliate of The Great Lakes Group, have performed 290 vessels icebreaking assists. These commercial vessel assists ensure that vital commodities, such as iron ore, coal, road salt, and heating oil, among others, reach customers throughout the Midwest. The 2000-2001 winter has proven particularly difficult for shippers due to the early and severe onset of lake ice. Most significantly, the Company's icebreaking tugboats have made the export of American coal to Canada possible from Ashtabula and Conneaut, Ohio, throughout the winter. For over 100 years, The Great Lakes Towing Company has been the primary provider of commercial harbor icebreaking services on Great Lakes
WIRE-Net has selected The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard as one of the four local manufacturing companies to receive this year’s Mission Builder Awards. WIRE-Net is a Cleveland, Ohio company whose mission is to strengthen manufacturing to create healthy communities and fuel economic growth by providing support for manufacturing improvement and human resource management, training and education.
At Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, OH, the laying of the keel marks the start of construction on a 60-foot work boat for the Port of Milwaukee. The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin awarded the contract in June 2011. The vessel is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, Seattle, WA, the vessel’s capabilities will include general harbor work, icebreaking, salvage and dive operations
The Great Lakes Towing Company, a shipyard, marine services, and harbor towing provider based in Cleveland, Ohio, has named Robert Jones as Purchasing Manager. Jones will oversee the daily purchasing activities for the operation including delivery logistics, inventory management, and project budget controls. Jones has more than 24 years of experience in the marine industry working in purchasing, warehousing, and logistics
Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, will perform repairs, haul out and drydocking, as necessary, to the U.S. Geological Survey Research Vessel Sturgeon under a fleet maintenance contract with the Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. of the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. The 105 ft. long Sturgeon was built in 1974 and is home-ported in Cheboygan, Mich. The Sturgeon is the Center's second largest vessel with great geographic range and advanced scientific abilities
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has awarded a contract for the five-year drydocking of the M/V Pelee Islander to Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio. The Pelee Islander will arrive at Great Lakes Shipyard in early April and will be hauled-out using the Shipyard’s new 700-metric ton Marine Travelift. Work will include hull inspection and painting; propeller, shaft, and rudder inspection; steel work; and other routine maintenance.
Tugz International L.L.C., an affiliate of the 101-year old The Great Lakes Towing Company, and a member of The Great Lakes Group, announced Tuesday that the Broward County (Florida) Board of County Commissioners, by a 6-3 vote, awarded Tugz a tugboat and towing service franchise for Port Everglades, Florida. This action put an end to the 43-year monopoly on tug service in the port previously held by Seabulk International, Inc., formerly known as Hvide Marine, Inc.
Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, has received the 2009 – 2010 Industry Leader Safety Award from the Signal Mutual Indemnity Association. This is the second time in recent years that the Great Lakes Shipyard was chosen to receive this award because of their outstanding safety performance with no “lost time” accidents. The shipyard’s commitment to safety is not new. The previous outstanding safety award was presented in 2004 - 2005
Cleveland’s Goodtime III arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard earlier this month to undergo drydocking and repair work. The vessel received its five-year year US Coast Guard hull and machinery inspection and had its hull repainted. Great Lakes Shipyard has performed work on the previous Cleveland-based excursion boats, Goodtime and Goodtime II. This is the first repair contract that Great Lakes Shipyard has had for Goodtime III.
USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc. has been certified as meeting the stringent international ISO 9002 quality standards and ISM safety and environmental standards, making it one of only two American flag Vessel Companies on the Great Lakes to have achieved this mark. In addition, the M/V Edgar B. Speer became the first American flag bulk carrier on the Great Lakes to receive a Safety Management Certification from the American Bureau of Shipping signifying its compliance with rigorous ABS safety and
The clock is ticking toward the deadline to submit to the U.S. Coast Guard an oil spill response plan that meets the requirements of the NTVRP regulation. The long-awaited nontank vessel response plan (NTVRP) rulemaking was published on September 30, 2013 and came into effect on October 30
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., said it regained normal communications capabilities in the northern Great Lakes region Tuesday, following outages throughout the region as a result of storms. Restored communication capabilities include Rescue 21 coverage throughout northern Lake
Garmin International's update is described as a significant addition to an already extensive database of detailed lake cartography, new features have been added to provide unparalleled detail to the most accurate mapping on the market. “Cartography is such a crucial part of the fishing
Great Lakes Shipyard (GLS) have installed a new state-of-the-art plasma cutting machine, the Plate Pro Extreme 3100, which allows the shipyard to make more of its own parts without relying on outside vendors or subcontractors. GLS say that the addition of this cutting table expands the range of
U.S. Coast Guard units assigned to Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., are using alternative methods to monitor marine radio frequencies for possible mariners in distress during extended outages throughout the region. Due to recent storm damage
Great Lakes Shipyard announced the installation of a new state-of-the-art plasma cutting machine, the Plate Pro Extreme 3100. The addition of this cutting table expands the range of services available to its customers and improves the efficiency of Great Lakes Shipyard operations
Units from around the Coast Guard 9th District continue work on their annual retrieval of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System seasonal aids to navigation, the largest domestic ATON recovery operation in the U.S. Operation Fall Retrieve
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 9.8 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in October, an increase of 14.4% compared to a year ago. The total was also slightly ahead of October’s long-term average, but 1% below the 9.9 million tons the fleet moved in September.
The U.S. Coast Guard towed a disabled catamaran with one person aboard Tuesday after the boat lost steering approximately six miles offshore from Cape May Inlet. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cape May received a mayday call from the captain of the 44-foot Empire State reporting the boat
Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.8 million tons in October, an increase of 92,000 tons compared to a year ago. Shipments were up 135,000 tons compared to September. Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.7 million tons, a slight increase (54,000 tons) compared to a year ago
Designed by Jensen Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and built by the Great Lakes Shipyard of Cleveland, Ohio a 74-foot workboat is quickly making a name for itself; in and out of the water. The “HandySize” Class Tug was designed to fill the niche between the 2,400 to 3
A major harbor dredging contract, and another for work on a Navy floating dry-dock figure in the latest list of Department of Defense awards, as follows: Dredging Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Company LLC, Oak Brook, Ill., was awarded a $10,273
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in October, an increase of 23.3% compared to a year ago. The October total was also slightly ahead of the month’s five-year average, and 4.7% above September’s total of 3,475,702 tons.
Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 6 million tons in October, an increase of 9.6% compared to a year ago. The October ore float was also 8.8% ahead of the month’s five-year average, but trailed September by about 3%. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5
Miller Boat Line’s ferry, M/V South Bass, is receiving its routine five-year drydocking and USCG inspection at Great Lakes Shipyard. The vessel was hauled out using the Marine Travelift, and the work on the vessel will be completed in two to three weeks.