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Another Tug Launched for Suderman & Young

Poseidon (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. said it launched on August 15, 2016 the final vessel in a series of four Z-Tech Class Terminal & Escort Tugs being constructed for Suderman & Young Towing Company. The tug Poseidon is scheduled to be delivered later in 2016.   The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Patrick D’Isernia, Project Manager of Eastern, with employees and guests in attendance. He spoke about the dedication and hard work of all of ESG’s employees, making the series of tugs a success. G&H Towing Company’s Mike Nigro, also shared appreciation for the commitment and quality of work by Eastern. Poseidon was blessed by Father Kevin McQuone, of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Panama City, and christened by Bailee D’Isernia, daughter of Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern.   This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility. Eastern’s launch of Poseidon (ESG Hull #255) follows on the delivery of the lead vessel in the series, Triton (ESG Hull #235), in December 2015, followed by Neptune (ESG Hull #237) delivered in March 2016, and Oceanus (ESG Hull #240) delivered in July 2016.  

W&D Wins Two Contracts to Fill New Building

Washburn & Doughty signed contracts with Suderman & Young Towing and the Bay-Houston Towing to build each company one Robert Allan LTD designed Z-Tech 7500 Class Terminal/Escort Tug. The Z-Tech 7500 is a twin screw ASD ship-handling/escort tug, a 98.5 x 39.4 ft. vessel designed for berthing and unberthing large ships and for providing escort, emergency response, and fire-fighting capabilities in the vicinity of oil and LNG terminals

Lewis and Clark Commemoration will Honor America's Waterways

In 1803 Lewis and Clark received approval from Congress to search for navigable waterways routes to the Pacific Ocean for the purpose of expanding commerce for the young America. Now, nearly 200 years later, that historically significant event will be reenacted and commemorated along the inland waterways beginning on August 31 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and concluding in November in Cairo, Ill. There will be special events throughout this period, including U.S

Intertanko & ITF, Young Seafarers’ Workshop


Intertanko and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) this week organized over three days in London a Workshop for young serving seafarers to express their views on their career and life at sea, and on what attracts young people to the shipping industry and retains them there. The Young Seafarers’ Focus Group consisted of 20 volunteers of seven different nationalities drawn from the membership of both associations

Bay-Houston's New Escort Tug Launched

Laura B (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched Laura B, the final vessel in a series of four Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class terminal and escort tugs built for Bay-Houston Towing Co. The Laura B is scheduled to deliver in 2016.   The launch ceremony was on July 1, 2016 at the builder’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Patrick D’Isernia, Project Manager at Eastern, with employees and guests in attendance. Deacon Tim Warner of St

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 Ship Escort-Response Vessel System (SERVS) contract with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, for which the tugs will provide tanker escort and spill response services in Prince William Sound.

NR-1 Arrives in Texas For Gulf Exploration

Nuclear Research Submarine NR-1, towed by Submarine Support Vessel (SSV) Carolyn Chouest, pulled into Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 25 to take part in an expedition to survey the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and other sites of interest in the Gulf of Mexico. “This mission is going to be exciting and full of new challenges for the Submarine NR-1, and the crew of SSV Carolyn Chouest,” said Lt. Paul M. Kutia, operations officer for NR-1

Young Designer of the Year Oceanco Yard Tour

Photo: Oceanco

Oceanco sponsored the Showboats Design Awards “Young Designer of the Year Award,” which was presented to Stefano Inglese during a ceremony hosted in the prestigious Monaco Opera House the June 21, 2013. Oceanco said it places great importance in supporting the yachting industry by cultivating and encouraging new talent, and therefore, on December 3 Oceanco gave all the award finalists an exclusive tour of Oceanco’s facilities in Alblasserdam, the Netherlands.

Children’s Day at Gazprom Transgaz Saratov

Childreds Day at Gazprom Transgaz Saratov

  On May 31 and June 1, 2014 . Over two thousand children from the Saratov, Tambov and Penza Regions took part in sports competitions, environmental quizzes and cheerful celebrations with performances by entertainers and company’s amateur creative teams. he volunteers of the Our Concern youth association jointly with the PR and Media Relations Service organized a charity celebration for the patients of the anti-tuberculosis health resort patronized by the company for ten years

UK Sets Pathway to Marine Engineering

The Lord Mayor was joined by Sea Cadets at the launch of the Marine Engineering Pathway project at Seafarers UK’s Annual Meeting in Mansion House on June 15. (Photo: Seafarers UK)

 The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lord Mountevans, lent his weight to the launch of a new three-year project designed to inspire and engage young people across the U.K. in thinking about a future in marine engineering. It is being led by maritime charity Seafarers UK, in conjunction with its delivery partner Sea Cadets.    The launch of the project was announced to more than 150 of Seafarers UK’s supporters and beneficiaries at the charity’s Annual Meeting at

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.  

ABS Gains AWO RCP Auditor Status

(File photo: Eric Norcross)

AWO qualifies ABS to perform towing safety management audits   ABS has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP), a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies

INS Viraat on its last Journey

INS VIRAAT is being towed

The INS Viraat is on the last journey and the ship is being towed back by three tugs to Mumbai for the decommissioning. SCI Mukta, an Anchor Handling & Towing Vessel (AHTS) of the National Flagship Carrier i.e. The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Launches Trainee Program

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ship Building

Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB) has launched a training and development program which is designed to prepare young Emiratis for careers in the shipbuilding and repair industry.   There are currently 40 trainees enrolled in the first class of the technician development program which

ABS' New Subchapter M Guide

[Press Release] ABS announced the publication of the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Subchapter M Towing Vessels. The Guide is designed to aid domestic owners comply with new U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements governing towing vessels that operate in U.S. inland waterways.

Ex-chairwoman of Hanjin Under Scrutiny

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

The former chairwoman of bankrupt Hanjin Shipping Choi Eun Young  is under investigation for alleged insider trading BBC reports qoting South Korea's Financial Supervisory Service.    She has come under scrutiny after it was revealed she sold all her shares in the firm days before

Ultra Large Tug Alp Striker Delivered

(Photo: Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair)

From Japan's Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair, Inc. (NSR), fully owned by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., comes the first in four of a series of ultra large, ultra powerful tugs. The first in line is dubbed Alp Striker,  delivered to Alp Striker BV (ship owning company of

Feadship Unveils New Future Concept

Photo: Feadship

Feadship has marked the 10th anniversary of the Feadship Future Concept with a new "blueprint for inspiration."   Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show using a yacht model and an augmented reality experience, the 2016 FFC Choice offers a wealth of opportunities for autonomous living

Zamakona Delivers Tug for Boluda


The work of Astilleros Zamakona's collaboration with Robert Allan as a designer and experience of Boluda Towage and Salvage as an operator in tow obtained from this new construction 768 tugboat VB XALOC type AVT will be from now on the tugboat reference for port operations, towing and escort.

Nor-Shipping Crowd-Sources to Turn Industry Problems into Profit

Nor-Shipping invites the next generation to find solutions to this generation’s challenges through its unique ‘Problem to Profit’ initiative. The leading global maritime event week, taking place in Oslo and Lillestrøm, Norway, from May 30 to June 2, 2017

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

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

MSC Takes Trophy for Greenest Ship

Image: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has been acknowledged for its environmental efforts, picking up the top award for Greenest Ship of the Year at the International Green Shipping Awards.   Held this week as part of a summit event in Rotterdam

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:

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