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Lightering Indonesian Coal

A tug tows a loaded coal barge down the Mahakam River past the city of Samarinda. Alan Haig-Brown/Cummins photo Passing the town of Samarinda, just above the deltas and about 30 kilometers up river from the sea, a steady parade of tugs towing barges are moving thousands of tons of coal from several large mines further up the river. Some of these tow barge loads of coal to neighboring Southeast Asian nations while others take to coal barges out of the river and alongside deep-sea vessels for transport to more distant markets. Mr. Johnny Tanair of Surabya has recently taken delivery of a new boat, the Tanair IX, which will join other tugs that he already has on lease to companies moving coal out of the river to be lightered aboard deep-sea ships. With over 80 kilometers of navigable river above Samarinda, a boat building industry developed in Samarinda to meet the needs of the logging companies. Now, with a declining forest industry, a large part of new construction is related to the coal industry. The MV Tanair IX is 39.5x8.6 meters. The stalwart tug is powered by a pair of1200 hp V-12 Cummins KTA 38 engines turning 1.98-meter propellers in 2-meter nozzles through Twin Disc MG5321DC gears with 6.39:1 gears. As with the tug Syarasd I, Mr. Suwandi built the Tanair IX, under contract using owner-supplied materials.

Barge in Nanticoke River Refloated

The barge that ran aground last Wednesday in the mouth of the Nanticoke River was refloated Thursday evening after a successful lightering operation. The double-hulled barge carrying 420,000 gallons of black oil was able to continue its voyage up the Nanticoke River after about a 1/3 of its cargo was lightered off the vessel reducing its weight allowing tugs to pull it free. There are no injuries or pollution as a result of the grounding. At about 7 a.m

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers New Tugs


Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD delivered the second of six new tugboats to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Md. this week. Elk River will join Sassafras, the first tug that Chesapeake built for Vane Brothers, in hauling 30,000 barrel tank barges on near coastal routes. Construction is already well underway on the remaining four tugs, each of which will be delivered over the next year and a half. Elk River produces 3

Sound Freight Penalized for Discharge

The owner of a tug that released oily bilge water into the Columbia River last year is being penalized $21,000 by the Washington Department of Ecology. Sound Freight Lines’ tug Black Hawk discharged an estimated 150 gallons of lubricating and diesel oils while transiting near Willow Grove on the Columbia River during the morning hours of Jan. 29, 2009. The sheen went unreported until mid-day when observers on the river called the U.S. Coast Guard and Ecology

Crowley Tugboat Makes Arduous Bering Sea Rescue

Tug Siku: Photo courtesy of Crowley

The crew of the Crowley Maritime Corp. tug 'Siku', operating in Western Alaska, recently rescued six men adrift in the Bering Sea. Shortly before the incident, the men’s 21-foot, aluminum skiff ran out of gas in Hooper Bay and was being quickly blown out of the bay and into increasingly heavy seas. Responding to a request by the Coast Guard, the crew of Siku, which was in the area holding for weather, located the skiff

Coast Guard Breaks Ice on Delaware River

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is working to break ice on the Delaware River. The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan and Cleat are breaking ice to maintain navigable waterways. The ice-breaking tugs encountered significant ice on the Delaware River, up to five feet thick, approximately three miles south of Trenton, N.J. "The crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Cleat and Capstan are working diligently to prevent navigational impacts resulting from ice formation," said Lt

Coast Guard Responds to Tug Fire

The Coast Guard is investigating a tug fire that occurred yesterday south of Demopolis, Ala. on the Tombigbee Waterway. The Alabama Marine Police notified the coast guard Monday morning when the tug, Nonnie, pushing six empty hopper barges had caught on fire and was drifting south on the Tombigbee Waterway. The Coast Guard Cutter, Wedge, from Demopolis, an HU-25 Falcon jet from Aviation Training Center Mobile, and pollution response and investigation teams from Marine Safety Office Mobile

ASA Member Refloats Tanker on Mississippi

  On June 13, a member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) responded to grounded vessel in the Mississippi River just above Cubit’s Gap, about 10 miles below Venice, Louisiana.   Traffic on the Mississippi was not impeded by the grounded vessel.  The ASA member was placed on standby pending the results of aninitial effort to refloat the vessel with tugs.    Within a few hours of the vessel owner’s activation of its Vessel Response Plan (VRP) on

An Argentinian Shipbuilding Revival

Pictured is whats reported as El Astillero Punta Alvear de Argentina. (Photo: Courtesy

According to a blog on the Bulletin Panama (, there is a boatbuilding revival happening in Argentina. The export of tugs and barges by Astillero Punta Alvear marks the revival of the Argentine shipbuilding industry, creating both foreign exchange and jobs with skilled labor and knowledge that was in danger of being lost after years of inactivity, as reported on

Grounded Cordova Vessel Under Coast Guard Watch

Scene on beachfront: Photo courtesy of USCG

A 77-foot integrated tug 'Hook Times' & barge home ported in Cordova is grounded on the Gulf of Alaska coast, 60 miles southeast of Cordova, as salvage plans continue, with the situation being monitored by the U.S. Coast Guard, reports The Cordova Times. Citing US Coast Guard officials, The Cordova Times explains that The Hook Point-Alaganik, with two people on board, was working on a tsunami debris cleanup project on the Alaskan coast on July 24 when the vessel encountered a combination

Robert Alan Designed ATB Tugs for ITB Marine

ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs photo Robert Alan

The ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. The tugs are being built at their Annacis Island Shipyard near Vancouver. The tugs will be connected by an articulating pin system

Freeport of Riga Shortlisted for ESPO Award

Photo: ESPO

 The ESPO Award 2016 will be presented to the port authority that succeeds the best in safeguarding and further upgrading the nature in the port area, both on land and at the waterside.    The five projects that are shortlisted for this year’s Award are the projects of Bremen

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

Image: Damen

Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support

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

IWAI Signs MoUs Dredging Corporation

Photo: WRIS

 Development of Inland Water Transport is a priority of the Ministry of Shipping. After the declaration of 106 new National Waterways, in addition to the existing 5 National Waterways, under the National Waterways Act, 2016, the responsibilities of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI)

Damen Repeats Multiple Vessel Transport Strategy

MV Svenja (Photo: SAL Heavy Lift)

Just down river from Damen Song Cam Shipyard, SAL Heavy Lift’s MV Svenja departed from Halong Bay loaded with 14 vessels. The shipment consists primarily of built-for-stock vessels – Stan Pontoons and Tugs – which will be available for immediate purchase on arrival in Rotterdam

ALMACO to Build Cabins, Galleys for Rhine Class Ships

Image: ALMACO Group

German shipyard MV WERFTEN has awarded ALMACO Group a contract to build the luxury suites and galley areas for Crystal River Cruises’ four Rhine Class luxury river yachts, which will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 from Wismar.   

New Tractor Tug for Jones Marine Group

The David J just off the Sylte Shipyard on the Fraser River (Photo courtesy of Haig-Brown/Cummins)

Steady, smooth, powerful, highly maneuverable: these were comments from mariners on board for sea trials of Jones Marine Group’s new tractor tug, David J. The new workboat was put through its paces in fine form. The boat is an A.G. McIlwain-designed 53 by 26

New Draft Restrictions for Parana River and River Plate

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of a change to under keel clearance (UKC) rules on Parana River and River Plate in Argentina. From November 25, 2016, the Coast Guard has advised that an under keel clearance (UKC) will be applied for vessels which transit Parana River and River

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

Boskalis JVs Order two LNG Dual-fuel Harbor Tugs


Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) joint ventures Keppel Smit Towage and Maju Maritime have ordered two innovative LNG dual-fuel harbor tugs, which marks a breakthrough for realizing clean environmentally friendly harbor towage services in the Singapore port

Keppel Grows LNG Business

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) announced it has secured contracts to build its first two dual-fuel diesel liquefied natural gas (LNG) harbor tugs, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Keppel-Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) to jointly explore opportunities in using LNG

UK’s Wight Shipyard to Build Two Fast Ferries

Photo: Wight Shipyard Co

The largest fast passenger ferry order for a U.K. shipyard in over 25 years has been confirmed by MBNA Thames Clippers. Two new 170 capacity passenger boats will be built at the Wight Shipyard Co on the Isle of Wight, and will join London’s growing river transport network in summer 2017.

Two Dredges Delivered in Nigeria

Photo: DSC Dredge

Two local contractors in Nigeria recently took delivery of 10-inch Wolverine Class Dredges, designed and manufactured by DSC Dredge at its facility in Greenbush, Mich.   As the political capital of Delta State, Asaba is a rapidly expanding city along the banks of the Niger River Delta

Global Achieves 10,000 Dives on a Single Project

Photo: Global Diving & Salvage

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has surpassed the 10,000 dives on a single project at Olmsted Locks & Dam in Illinois. Tom Cameron, a long-time diver with Global, performed the 10,000th dive.   Wade Miller, Marine Construction Manager with AECOM for the Olmsted Dam Project, said

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