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Capt. Harry Delivered to Wilmington Tug

On December 19, Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc., of East Boothbay, Maine delivered Capt. Harry, a 4200 hp Z Drive tug to Wilmington Tug of Wilmington, Del. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., this ASD 25/55 Class Tug measure 80 x 32 ft. It will be used primarily for ship docking; however, and extended keel will allow for operation as an escort tug in the indirect mode. Wilmington Tug operates five tugs, and in 1977 became the first operator in North America to operate a Z Drive Tug. Wilmington Tug’s newest vessel is the ninth Z Drive Tug built by Washburn & Doughty since the Fort Bragg was constructed for Cape Fear Towing in 1998. Two Detroit Diesel model 12V4000 main engines rated at 2100 hp at 1800 RPM power the vessel. The engines drive modular Ulstein Aquamaster 1350 HZ Drives that are removable through soft patches in the aft deck. The main engines are keel cooled with Fernstrum grid-coolers. The vessel has a 20,000-gallon fuel oil capacity, a 250-gallon lube oil capacity and 1,200 gallon fresh water capacity.


ESG to Build Four RA Tugboats

Contract announcement: Image courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) said that Suderman & Young Towing Company & Bay Houston Towing Company have placed orders for a total of four new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs at Eastern’s Panama City, Florida facilities. ESG added that G & H Towing Company will provide the onsite representation for both owners as their agent during the engineering, construction and delivery phases of these contracts.


CMS Fleet Strongest in Region

Crowley Marine Services' Southern California fleet recently confirmed its strength by demonstrating ABS certified bollard pull test measurements of more than 100,000 lbs. for every tug in the region. The CMS is fleet is the highest hp and highest bollard pull fleet of tugs in the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors. Tugs serving the Los Angeles and Long Beach market range from 4,400-7,000 hp and include several of Crowley's newest Harbor Class cycloidal tractor tugs and on Z-drive tug


Moran Commissions 10th Z-Drive Tug

Moran Towing has commissioned Diane Moran, its 10th Z-drive tugboat, which was recently christened in a ceremony in New York Harbor, will be used in harbor services. Currently, Moran's other Z-drive tugs are used by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command in Norfolk, Va., and for harbor services in the port of Charleston, S.C. The vessel is powered by two turbocharged EMD engines, which were chosen for their fuel efficiency


Washburn & Doughty Wins Tug Contract

Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. signed a contract to build a 92 x 32-ft. Z-Drive Tug for the Providence Steamboat Company. Providence Steamboat Company, located in Providence, RI, operates tugboats on Narragansett Bay and adjacent southeast New England waters. Engaged primarily in vessel assist work, the company has six tugs with two under construction. The vessel currently being built by Washburn & Doughty is Providence Steamboat’s first Z Drive Tug


W&D Raises New Facility After Fire

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October 11, 2008, marks three months since a fire destroyed Washburn & Doughty’s building and the yard is pleased to announce that progress on clean-up and construction is moving steadily ahead. The Sheridan Corporation of was awarded the contract to construct Washburn & Doughty’s new facility. has begun to pour concrete for the foundation and steel for the new building has begun to arrive. Phase 1 of the project, which is the 185’ x 80’


Washburn & Doughty: Developing New Process To Meet Changing Needs

Washburn & Doughty Shipyard of East Boothbay, Maine is preparing to launch Tracy Moran, the fourth in a series of six Z-Drive Tugs under construction for the Moran Towing Corporation of Greenwich, Conn. Tracy Moran will join its sisterships in Norfolk, Va. where they are contracted by the Military Sealift Command for submarine and ship assist work. Measuring 92 x 32 x 13.8 ft. (28 x 9.7 x 4.2 m) and built to ABS Maltese Cross A1, AMS, Towing Service standards, Tracy Moran is powered by two 2


The Efficient Tugboat: The Efficient Tug

In many ports across the country, competition among tugboat operators is intense. The combined Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach is one such competitive environment for tug operators. Three companies vie for business that includes about 6,000 ship arrivals a year. Many of the companies utilize new tractor tugs to guide these ship movements. Foss Maritime, Crowley Marine and Millennium Maritime operate over a dozen modern tugs


Washburn & Doughty Delivers Bulldog to Crescent Towing

Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. delivered the Bulldog, a 98 x 37 ft., 6700 hp, Z Drive Firefighting Tug, to Crescent Towing of New Orleans, Louisiana. Bulldog provides ship-assist and escort services for LNG tankers at the Elba Island LNG re-gasification terminal in Savannah, Georgia. Bulldog is a new Washburn & Doughty in-house design and the first tug built at the yard for Crescent Towing. Washburn & Doughty’s Chief Naval Architect and Vice President, Bruce Washburn


The “Near-Zero” Emission Tug

For the development of the Hydrogen Hybrid Harbor Tug, WorldWise Marine worked with Dutch tug operators Iskes from IJmuiden and Smit from Rotterdam, which are expected to build the first of the new tugs for use in European harbours. The 50 ton bollard pull tug is fitted with fuel cells and hydrogen tanks, where hydrogen is stored under a pressure of 430 bar. The fuel cells, in combination with batteries, are able to provide sufficient power to operate the tug during standby and


Robert Allen Designed Tug Launched in Italy

Turchia next to step sister Norvegia

Rimorchiatori Riuniti bolsters Porto di Genova fleet with another Robert Allan Ltd. designed tug Rimorchiatori Riuniti currently operates five Robert Allan Ltd. designed tugs in its Porto di Genova fleet, including two AVT 2700 harbor escort tugs (Svezia and Inghilterra)


Damen Delivers ASD Tug in Italy

Photo: Damen

RimorchiatoriRiunitiS.p.A. of Genoa (Italy) has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2411. The 70-metric-ton bollard pull azimuth stern drive tug will be temporarily deployed by Tug Malta Ltd., a full subsidiary of the Genovese towage company.


McAllister Towing Celebrates 150 in Style

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

McAllister Towing hosted a dual celebration in New York City on Friday, September 19, a gala in honor of the company’s 150th anniversary and a traditional christening of the Buckley McAllister, the latest high tech tractor tug added to the company’s fleet.


Two Ramparts Class Tugs for Signet Maritime

Signet Polaris (Photo courtesy of Robert Allan Ltd.)

In the summer of this year, Signet Maritime took delivery of Signet Arcturus & Signet Polaris, the eighth and ninth tugs designed for them by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada to add to its fleet of 37 conventional and ASD vessels. The tugs were constructed at Patti Marine Enterprises in


A New Shipyard Opens in Azerbaijan

Photo: www.socar.az

President of Azerbaijan, H.E. Ilham Aliyev, graces the official opening of new Baku Shipyard   A new shipbuilding yard that is jointly developed by Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC)


Texas Design for Texas Tug Operator

Castleman Maritime CM-72 Signet Vigilanst (Photo: Castleman Maritime LLC)

Clear Lake Shores-based Castleman Maritime LLC has been commissioned by Texas tug operator, Signet Maritime LLC, to engineer and design their seventh ASD (Azimuthing Stern Drive) tug. This new 72' LOA x 28' Beam ASD tug is a smaller size, giving her operators improved maneuverability in the tight


Kotug Performs First Assistance on the Thames

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Kotug’s RT Champion performed her first assistance in the Thames on the tanker vessel Sten Idun to the Oikos Jetty, London. As of October 2013, a full 24/7 towage service, supported by Kotug’s local management, is available to assist the clients at the Oil and Gas Terminals on the


Hybrid Marine Drive for Anchor Handling Tug

Norgear advanced Multi Step Hybrid Gear for a newbuild Anchor Handling Tug (AHT).

Shipyard Vard Brevik awarded Norwegian marine drive specialist Kumera AS a contract to deliver its Norgear advanced Multi Step Hybrid Gear for a newbuild Anchor Handling Tug (AHT). The sophisticated new AHT is designed with a green focus and will harness the latest fuel saving solutions to


Bristol Harbor Group Designs Two NYPA Tugs

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Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) was recently awarded a contract by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to engineer, design and perform construction supervision support services for two new tug vessels. The tugs will be used primarily for deployment


Transas Simulators Chosen for Two Egyptian Training Centers

Transas Marine simulators have been chosen by the College of Maritime Transport and Technology and the Integrated Simulators Complex (ISC). These are the two institutions of Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT). The project will be executed by Transas Middle East.


Most Powerful Canadian Icebreaking Tug Enters Service

Launch of heavy tug Ocean Tundra: Photo credit Robert Allan

The 6000 kW ASD tug 'Ocean Tundra' has been commissioned into service by owners, Ocean Groupe Inc. (Ocean) of Quebec City, Canada. This icebreaking escort tug, say designers Robert Allan, becomes the most powerful tug in Canadian registry, and heralds a new generation of tugs which will provide


Brazil Shipyard Delivers Second RAmparts Tugboat

Tug SMIT Pareci: Photo Robert Allan

Designers Robert Allan inform that Keppel Singmarine Brasil Ltda. (KSMB), of Navegantes, Brazil have recently completed the construction of the 24m LOA 'SMIT Pareci', the second of a series of six Robert Allan designed RAmparts 2500 tugs, for SMIT Rebocadores do Brasil (Rebras), of Rio de Janeiro


Sanmar Delivers New RAscal 1500 Line Handling Tug

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  The Brage, the first RAscal 1500 class tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. has been delivered to its owners Buksér og Berging AS (BB) of Norway. Built in Turkey by Sanmar A.S. to extremely high quality standards more commonly seen in yachts


PDVSA Orders 10 ASD Tugs from Damen

Photo: Damen

Damen to deliver ASD Tugs 2810 to Petroleos de Venezuela SA Signaling a major commitment to tug fleet renewal, Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has placed a 10-vessel order with Damen Shipyards Group, as part of the state-owned operator’s strategic shift from chartered in to owned tonnage


Third RAmparts 2500 Tug for SMIT-Rebras

SMIT Panará (Photo: Robert Allen Ltd.)

Keppel Singmarine BrasilLtda. (KSMB), of Navegantes, Brazil has recently completed the construction of the SMIT Panará, the third of a series of six Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAmparts 2500 tugs, for SMIT Rebocadores do Brasil (Rebras), of Rio de Janeiro






 
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