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Drilling Rig Delivered in Las Palmas

Ocean Valiant

Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Summit has delivered rig Ocean Valiant safely in the port of Las Palmas, Canary Islands. Fairmount Summit has towed the rig from offshore Cameroon over a distance of almost 3,000 miles. The Ocean Valiant is a semi-submersible drilling rig owned by Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc., headquartered in Houston, U.S. The 1988 build rig is 122 meters long, 71 meters wide and 37 meters high, is capable to drill up to 10,000 meters deep and can accommodate 140 persons. After connecting to the tow bridle and before departure Fairmount Summit performed heading control to the rig while the rig was retrieving her remaining four anchors. Fairmount Summit delivered the rig safely at Astican Shipyard and assisted in the berthing maneuvering of the rig. fairmount.nl lda.fr diamondoffshore.com  


TradeWinds Adds Tug to Fleet

Photo courtesy TradeWinds Towing

TradeWinds Towing announced the addition of the former Seabulk tug "Challenger" to its fleet. This 3,800 bhp tug with nozzles is presently on an endurance tow to southern Chile. The Challenger and 300-ft x 100-ft heavy deck barge, Marmac 300, (in ballast) will come free in early February in southern Chile. This equipment is available to pick up cargo from the west coast of South, Central or North America. Tug Challenger will then come free in the U.S. Gulf in the first half of March


Mississippi River Delays Begin to Ease

Delays at locks along the Mississippi River were easing on June 1 as a glut of northbound barges that congested locks after the river reopened last week made their way upriver, river officials said. Locks 24 and 25 in Winfield and Clarksville, Mo., the last two and most southerly locks to be reopened last Wednesday after a month-long river closure, were initially hit with back-ups of as many as 30 barge tows and delays of close to 40 hours, officials said.


Shrimpers: Powering Up For Royal Reds

Bayou La Batre, Ala.-based shrimper Bill Sessions fishes shrimp from the Atlantic coast of Florida to the Texas coast. Most recently he has worked from his 500 hp KTA19 Cummins-powered 80 x 22-ft. Little Bill towing four 50-ft. nets with 10-ft. by 40-in. doors. In early May, he will take delivery of new 96 x 24-ft. Debra Lee from Winston Williams' Boatworks in Bayou La Batre. For the new boat he has increased the power to an 800 hp Cummins KTA38 coupled to a Twin Disc 5202 gear with a 6:1


JonRie Winches Installed on Marine Towing’s New ASDs

Photo: JonRie

JonRie Marine Winches commissioned its new Super Series 220 Double Drum Escort Winch currently installed on the Tug Patriot (new ASDs for Marine Towing of Tampa) The Super Series 220 Double Drum Bow Winch was designed for a larger capacity rope. This concept used on the Panama Canal for many years as a redundant line tethered to the ship also acts as an Escort Bridle making the tug more stable in prop wash during long escorts


Rodriguez Shipbuilding Delivers Powerful Shallow-Draft Tugboat

Sea Cypress profile: Image Cummins Hotips

The yard recently delivered a Cummins powered 75 by 28-foot model bow tug to Morgan City-based Garber Bros. Inc. and Sea Cypress LLC for Gulf of Mexico operations, inform Cummins Hotips. Cummins explain that over the years, Rodriguez Shipbuilding Inc, of Bayou LaBatre Alabama has probably delivered more shallow-draft tugs than any other US-yard. Their signature lugger-type tug design, with its distinctive aft cabin and wheelhouse


Pacific Region Distributes Near-Miss Report Information

The USCG-AWO Pacific Region Quality Steering Committee (QSC) has distributed the first near-miss incident report of its quality action team on industry incident reporting. The AWO Pacific Region Summary of Towing Industry Incident Reports: Near-Miss and Lessons Learned Information, is based on six voluntary and anonymous towing vessel incident reports received since the Towing Vessel Incident Report program was initiated by the QSC in June 1998.


Donjon Assists in USS America Tow Out

Donjon Marine Co., Inc., a provider if multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, ocean and inland towing, emergency response, and dredging, provided towing and logistical support thru its U.S. Navy Salvage and Related services contract, in the towing out to sea of the Navy’s USS America, the third Kitty Hawk-class attack aircraft carrier on April 19. The Navy will conduct tests on the carrier, commissioned in 1965, for a number of weeks and then the ship will be sunk.


Sea Tow Presents Awards during 28th Annual Meeting

Sea Tow Services International, the world’s largest professional marine assistance organization, welcomed Rear Admiral William Baumgartner, the Coast Guard’s 7th District Commander, and Captain David McBride, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Chief of Search of Rescue, to its annual awards ceremony and dinner on Dec. 2, 2010, as part of the company’s 28th Annual Meeting held Dec. 1-3, 2010, in Delray Beach, Fla.


Crowley's 'Alert' Tugboat Commended for Alaska Rescue Tow

Crew of the Alert: Photo credit Crowley

Representative Eric Feige from the Alaska State Legislature presents a letter of commendation to the 'Alert's crew for their rescue tow of drill barge 'Kulluk'. The captain and crew were recognized for their  courage, teamwork and professionalism during the emergency rescue tow of the drill barge Kulluk off the southern point of Kodiak Island.   During their meeting, he presented them with a letter of commendation from the members of the 28th Alaska State Legislature


Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple


AIS Regulations: New Responsibilities and Opportunities

(Photo: Stevens Towing Co., Inc.

March Coast Guard deadline represents milestone for AIS use in U.S. waters   From increasing situational awareness and enhancing the safety and security of maritime transportation, to its use in accident investigation, search and rescue, Aids to Navigation and asset monitoring


USCG Uses Skiff Ice Boat to Rescue Injured Man

A Coast Guard rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, aboard a skiff ice, medically evacuates a man from a dredging barge in Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio, April 27, 2016. The crew used the skiff ice to remove the man because the water was too shallow for a boat. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Marblehead)

The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated a man off of a dredging barge in Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio, Wednesday evening. At approximately 5:45 p.m., a good Samaritan called Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, to report two men on a dredging barge who needed help due to injuries.


Disabled Fishing Vessel Towed to Maine

Coast Guard Cutter Moray tows the fishing boat Paulo Marc after it became disabled east of Portland, Maine (USCG photo)

 The 60-foot fishing boat Paulo Marc was towed by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Moray after the fishing vessel became disabled Wednesday about 90 miles east of Portland, Maine.   Watchstanders at Sector Northern New England’s command center received notification at


USCG Cutter Tows Disabled Fishing Vessel

A boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa transits alongside the disabled fishing vessel Hope & Sydney about 70 miles east of Cape May, N.J., Friday, March 11, 2016. The crew of the cutter Tampa towed the Hope & Sydney to Cape May, where a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May took over the tow. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa assisted the crew of a disabled fishing vessel about 70 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey, Friday. The fishing vessel Hope & Sydney lost steering and power. The Tampa crew arrived on scene Friday with the Hope & Sydney


Bourbon Takes Delivery of AHTS

Extremely versatile, she can perform numerous tasks in addition to anchor-handling, such as supply duties, oil recovery, standby operations, firefighting, rescue (up to 300 survivors) and ROV operations. With a strengthened hull and enhanced winterization equipment (Ice class), she is perfectly suited for work in temperatures down to -20° C while ensuring maximum safety conditions. Photo Bourbon

BOURBON announced that it has taken delivery, as scheduled, of the Bourbon Arctic from Norway's Vard Brattvåg shipyard and completed her first anchor handling operation. The vessel was engaged in the disconnection and unmooring operation of the Island Innovator drilling rig located at the


Drunk Captain Grounds Ship in German Port

ABIS Bergen. Photo: Abis Shipping

 Dutch vessel 85-metre (279ft) long cargo ship the Abis Bergen has been towed free after running aground and blocking the entrance to the German port of Rostock.    The ship's captain reportedly caused the accident while under the influence of alcohol


Evolutionary Carrousel RAVE Tugs Under Construction

The Carrousel Towing System system eliminates risk of capsizing under  tow load. In combination with two Voith Schneider Propellers arranged in-line, the tug design allows for a slender and highly efficient hull Photo Voith

In cooperation with R. Allan Ltd. (RAL) and Novatug B.V., Voith participated in the development of a new tug. The Carrousel RAVE Tug (CRT) is characterized by a towing winch on a ring. This ring can rotate freely around the tug's deckhouse – a unit referred to as the "Carrousel Towing


Vietnam Seizes Chinese Fuel Ship

Pic: Vietnam coastguard

 Vietnam's coast guard has seized a Chinese vessel for intruding into its territorial waters, say local media.   The ship, carrying more than 100,000 litres of fuel, was stopped near the northern maritime border last week.  


Barge Breakaway on the Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to an allision and barge breakaway on the Mississippi River at mile marker 43.7 near Thebes, Ill., Wednesday.   Tow vessel Michael G. Morris allided with the Thebes Railroad Bridge at mile marker 43


New USCG Equipment Rule for Vessels Carrying Oil

The U.S. Coast Guard has finalized an interim rule that requires vessels carrying oil in bulk as cargo to carry discharge removal equipment, install spill prevention coamings and install emergency towing arrangements.   The rule, due to take effect May 9, 2016


Great Lakes Group in 2016 Hiring Push

Michael Burnes (Photo: Great Lakes Group)

Facing continued growth driven by client demand, the Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have together added 20 new employees in Q1 2016 and are looking to hire an additional 50+ employees before the end of Q4 2016. “We’re looking out for the future


Quote of the Day: Subchapter M

 Jennifer A. Carpenter, Executive Vice President & COO,  American Waterways Operators (Photo: AWO)

 As the American Waterways Operators (AWO) convenes itsSpring Convention & Annual Membership Meeting today through Thursday in Washington, D.C., at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, today's "Quote of the Day" comes from AWO's Jennifer Carpenter


JonRie Debuts Container Master Winches

Mardi Gras (Photo: JonRie)

JonRie Marine Winches has introduced its new Container Master Series of winches, featured on the new Crescent 92-foot ASD Mardi Gras. The new winch was designed with increased braking capability and rope capacity to handle the 8,000 TEU containerships calling on the Port of New Orleans


Eastern Cranking Out Escort Tugs

Neptune (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivers the escort tug Neptune to Suderman & Young Towing Company and launches the Escort Tug David B to Bay-Houston Towing Co.   Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the escort tug Neptune (Hull# 237) on March 28, 2016






 
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