On the morning of September 11, as the second tower of the World Trade Center was hit by terrorists, McAllister Towing and Transportation Company's corporate headquarters, located by the Battery in lower Manhattan, was evacuated. All employees were evacuated safely, and the building went undamaged. McAllister's New York fleet was at work in the New York Harbor. When the port was closed, the fleet was dispatched to the Battery Park wall and helped other tugs take on board stranded, panicked pedestrians and ferry them to Weehawken, N.J., Brooklyn, upper Manhattan, and to Staten Island. The Hinton was the first McAllister tug on the scene. The Hinton thereafter has been working 19 hours daily as part of the relief effort. She has since been joined by the tugs, McAllister Bros. and Justine McAllister, both of which have been working around-the-clock, seven days a week. A fourth McAllister vessel, the Wal-Row, which will also be working endlessly with the relief effort, has joined these three tugs. In addition to the McAllister captains and crews who have been working above and beyond the call of duty, as has everyone, during this very sad time, individual McAllister employees have also extended helping hands. The McAllister office building at 17 Battery Place was without power or water for nine days following the terrorist attack, during which time McAllister employees worked from various McAllister office locations, including Staten Island, Philadelphia
Buckley McAllister, President of McAllister Towing & Transportation, announced the Maine Port Authority has selected McAllister as its partner for the design of a containerized articulated tug barge (ATB) for the New England Marine Highway Project. Prior to the award, McAllister participated in a competitive RFQ and RFP process which began on December 4, 2012. This competition followed the award of $150,000 in design funding to the Maine Port Authority on September 25
On Monday November 6th, McAllister Towing will move the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid from her home on the Hudson River at Pier 86 to Bayonne, NJ. The task of moving the massive 920 ft. carrier will begin with a launching ceremony featuring such dignitaries as Senator Hillary Clinton and former NYC mayors David Dinkins and Ed Koch. Depending on tide and weather. The operation will consist of five tugs from McAllister
McAllister Docking Pilots and Tug Operators attended a two-day Tractor Tug Operations training course October 8-9, 2004 at MSI's Newport Simulator Center. The class focused on the capabilities and limitations of Azimuthing Stern Drive Tugs and Voith-Schneider Propulsion. The training was split between classroom and simulator time; interactive simulators were used to reinforce the learning points. The principle instructor for the course was Captain Vic Schisler
McAllister Towing and Transportation Co. has ordered two new 5,000 hp tugs scheduled for delivery this year. The first vessel, which will be named Janet M. McAllister, is scheduled for a spring delivery; the second vessel, Vicki M. McAllister, will hit the water this summer. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle, Wash., the tugs are being built to ABS classification standards by Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Panama City, Fla. Measuring 98 ft. (29
After a 2-year stint at Bayonne Drydock to undergo $60m restoration and refurbishment efforts, the Intrepid will make its way back to Pier 86 . The voyage begins in and will pass the Statue of Liberty and Ground Zero as it makes its way next to Pier 86. Intrepid will be led by a United States Coast Guard Cutter, and towed by the same McAllister tugboats that pulled it from its berth in 2006. Bow-to-stern refurbishment projects included the modification of interior spaces
As recovery efforts in the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake continue, tugs and barges from two Seattle-based companies are in the U.S. Gulf poised to participate in the vast international relief operation. America Cargo Transport Corp. (ACTC), a wholly owned Foss subsidiary, and Foss Maritime Company are preparing to carry approximately 6,000 tons of food aid cargo to the Haitian capital of Port Au Prince for USAID, according to company sources
For 18 years, the Drew Foss, a tugboat operated by the Foss Maritime Company, has been free of environmental mishap. So have the Arthur Foss, the Justine Foss and a dozen other Foss vessels. In fact, 59 vessels owned by the Seattle-based Foss are being recognized by a major maritime organization for their standout environmental safety records. Altogether, the Foss vessels feted by CSA have gone a combined 551 years without an environmental incident.
USCG & Canadian safety agency begins investigation of tug fire. Chief engineer has now died in hospital. The U.S. Coast Guard and marine safety agencies from Canada have begun their investigations into the fire aboard the towing vessel Patrice McAllister near Prince Edward Point, Ontario. The most severely injured crewmember, the boat’s chief engineer, died in a Toronto hospital. The 105-foot U.S.-flagged vessel was transiting on Lake Ontario from Toledo, Ohio
National Maritime Historical Society’s 2012 Gala Annual Awards Dinner Salutes Leaders in Maritime Heritage The National Maritime Historical Society will host its 2012 Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at the New York Yacht Club in New York City. The NMHS Distinguished Service Award, for outstanding contributions in the maritime field, will be presented to Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL, Captain Brian A. McAllister, and Captain Don Walsh, USN (Ret.), PhD
The members of the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, elected a new slate of leaders during AWO’s Spring Convention recently held in Washington, D.C. Frank Morton, Director, Turn Services LLC
Commissioned last week the new Tug Buckley McAllister is one of the most advanced Tractor Tug (ASD) on the U.S. East Coast. The new vessel is complimented with JonRie Winches fore and aft. The new tug a Jensen design is name after the fifth generation of McAllister’s and new President
The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60-year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy near Cincinnati, Ohio. The spill occurred late on Monday during a "routine transfer of fuel oil" at
A 15-mile section of the Ohio River was reopened for limited traffic on Wednesday as clean-up of a 5,000-gallon fuel oil spill continued, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday. The Coast Guard closed a stretch of the river between Cincinnati, Ohio and Dayton
Maine Port Authority selected McAllister as its partner for the design of a containerized articulated tug barge (ATB) for the New England Marine Highway Project, according to Buckley McAllister, President of McAllister Towing & Transportation.
The idea that cargo, moved from deep draft ports to smaller, niche destinations, can be accomplished without trucks is something that has taken a backseat over the past five years. That’s because, absent the leadership necessary in Washington to move the viable concept forward
For the second consecutive year, cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are spending time on board tugboats and towboats this summer as part of a program under the auspices of the Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators (AWO) Safety Partnership
On September 17, McAllister Towing and Reinauer Transportation will be partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and Sector New York in a major simulated marine accident and pollution incident on the waters of Long Island Sound
The aircraft carrier 'USS George Washington' and other U.S. Navy ships have been ordered to make best speed for the Republic of the Philippines, and at the same time Britain is deploying a warship & military transport aircraft to help people devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
The Arthur Foss, the Justine Foss and many other Foss Maritime vessels have been free of environmental mishaps for the past 20 years. In fact, 80 tugs and barges owned by the Seattle-based company, which has one of the nation's largest coastal tug and barge fleet
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that the 5,570BHP tug Jabbar has been sold by Awal Marine Services of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain to TradeWinds Towing LLC of Saint Augustine, Florida. Jabbar, meaning “powerful” or “tremendous” in Arabic
Marine Response Alliance (MRA), an association of U.S. emergency responders providing OPA 90 Salvage Marine Firefighting (SMFF), has relocated from Pompano, Fla., to Houston to be situated with international salvage partner TITAN Salvage.
Samina Mahmood, former commercial manager for TITAN Salvage, has been appointed manager for Marine Response Alliance, an association of U.S. emergency responders providing OPA 90 Salvage Marine Firefighting (SMFF). MRA, founded in 1994
Unconventionally lowering costs, safely and improving the bottom line. That’s the Victaulic way. In the towing segment of the marine industry, sometimes it does seem that boats are under perpetual repair. A tugboat that’s tied up in maintenance and not able to work is a lost revenue
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it oversaw the refloating of the 751-foot bulk carrier, Ornak, Friday. At approximately 9:35 a.m., the Ornak was refloated offshore of the Virginia Beach Resort and Convention Center and repositioned to the Lynnhaven anchorage.