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CMA To Utilize Transas Z-Drive Simulator

Transas has installed a new Z-Drive Console for the full mission ships bridge simulator in the California Maritime Academy (CMA), in mid June. The Z-Drive simulator models a “reverse” tractor tug with Z-Drive propulsion modules located at the vessel's stern. The Z-Drive tractor tug simulator was provided by Transas USA, and installed by Transas and Buffalo Computer Graphics using a control console manufactured for the Academy by Seaman’s International Union of Piney Point, Maryland. A pilot course at the Academy taught by Captain Greg Brooks, one of the leading experts on tractor tugs and tug operations in the country, was conducted with students from Millenium Maritime, Inc. of San Pedro, California. Captain John Wolczanski, Millennium Port Captain in San Pedro also attended the class as an observer. He said: “This course will be a valuable part of Millennium's operator training. The fidelity and accuracy of the modeling, and the quality of the visual presentation were exceptional.” The Transas full-mission shiphandling simulator for tug operations provides users with excellent tools for both ship assist training tasks and professional tug and barge operations training. The variety of visual and hydrodynamic models of several tug types includes conventional single screw tug, conventional twin-screw tug, cycloid-drive (Voith-Schneider) tractor tug and Z-drive reverse tractor tug


Bisso Towboat Launches Reverse Z-Drive Tractor Tug

Cecilia B. Slatten, launched in late December at Main Iron Works, Inc., is the new reverse Z-drive tractor tug for Bisso Towboat Co. Inc. The 4,300 hp tug was built exclusively for ship-assist work on the Mississippi River. A pair of Aquamaster US 2001 Z-drives that are powered by twin EMD 16-645-E6 diesel engines, each producing 2,150 hp at 900 rpm, will drive the tug. Electrical power will be supplied by two 75 kW generator sets powered by two GM 6-71's.


Crowley Marine Services Accepts Delivery of Tan'Erliq

Crowley Marine Services received delivery of Tan'erliq - the second of two new 10,192 hp tractor tugs from Crowley Maritime Corporation subsidiary, Vessel Management Services. Measuring 155 ft. in length, Tan'erliq and sister vessel Nanuq are the largest and strongest of the cycloidal tugs. The tugs, which together form the Prince William Sound Class, have specifically designed and developed form CMS under contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for tanker escort and spill response


MARCO Shipyard To Construct Third Millennium Class Tractor Tug

MARCO Shipyard Seattle has signed a contract to construct a third Millennium Class tractor tug for Harley Marine Services. Measuring 105 ft. (32 m), the multipurpose tug will be identical to its sisterships, Millennium Falcon and Millennium Star, delivered in February and August 2000, respectively. Construction of the tug is ongoing, with delivery planned for March 2002. Similar to its predecessors, the MARCO-designed tug will have an overall beam of 37 ft. (11


Olympic Engine Selection Evokes Thoughts of

When Olympic Tug & Barge was founded in 1987, owner Harley Franco had environmental responsibility on his mind. Early major oil tanker disasters southeast of Nantucket, Mass., near Galveston, Texas, and off the coasts of England and Mexico were influencing the future of the oil transportation industry. So Franco committed himself to growing his business by assembling a "fleet of the future" built around the most environmentally friendly technology he could afford


Harley Marine's New Tractor Tug Arrives

Tugboat Robert Franco: Photo credit Harley Marine Services

Harley Marine Service’s new Z-drive tractor tug, the M/V ROBERT FRANCO has arrived in Southern California. This 100’x40’ tractor tug will enter the ship assist and tanker escort market for both Millennium Maritime and Harley Marine Services in Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors. This tug features Tier III engines and cold ironing/shore power capabilities. It also marks the second Tier III engine on a ship assist/escort tug boat


MARCO Shipyards Signs Local Contract

MARCO Shipyard Seattle signed a contract to build a new tug for Harley Marine Services Inc., of Seattle, the parent company of Olympic Tug & Barge. Recently, MARCO completed a series of nine tractor tugs operating in Alaska, California, and Hawaii. Measuring 105 ft., the new tug will be used by Harley Marine as a ship assist and towing service for the West Coast. Except for some pilothouse modifications and the addition of barge fendering, the tug will be similar to Gyrfalcon


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


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


Bharati Shipyard Wins Contract

Bharati Shipyard Ltd has secured a contract from Bourbon Supply Investissements, France for export of five 120 tons bollard pull anchor handling tug cum supply vessels. The product range which initially was limited to simple inland cargo barges, deep-sea trawlers and dredgers has been upgraded to building maneuverable and power-packed ocean going tractor tugs, cargo ships, tankers and other support vessels required for the offshore industry. (Source: Myiris.com)


PEMEX Invests in Nine Voith Water Tractors

Photo courtesy of Voith

Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos) invests in a modern tug fleet. Voith was awarded to supply the propulsion for nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) which are to enhance the safety of oil tankers entering and clearing port at several terminals as of


9 new Voith Water Tractors for safety at Mexican OTs

Voith Water Tractors

  Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos) invests in a modern tug fleet. Voith was awarded to supply the propulsion for nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) which are to enhance the safety of oil tankers entering and clearing port at several terminals


MTU, Fairplay to Test Diesel Genset with SCR for IMO Tier III

MTU diesel genset 16V 4000 with SCR exhaust aftertreatment for IMO Tier III emission requirements. The nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions will be cut by 90% compared with the IMO Tier I regulation.

The Rolls-Royce brand MTU and Fairplay Towage are to test an MTU diesel genset with SCR exhaust aftertreatment in a harbor tug in order to verify compliance with IMO Tier III emission requirements that come into force as of 2016. The nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions will be cut by 90% compared with


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.


Crowley Maritime Promote Scott Hoggarth V-P

Scott Hoggarth: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley inform that Scott Hoggarth has been promoted to vice president, West Coast harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. He has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley’s tug services offered in


SCHOTTEL Propelled Tugs for Post-Panamax Era

Tractor tug Cerro Itamut 2 x SCHOTTEL SRP 2020 © Astilleros Armon, Spanien: Cerro Itamut – one of 14 tractor tugs for the Panama Canal Authority propelled by two SRP 2020.

The Panama Canal Authority is investing in especially powerful tugs for the Post-Panamax era: 14 tractor tugs and 13 ASD tugs with SCHOTTEL propulsion systems were commissioned in the last four years. The youngest generation of 14 tractor tugs delivered by Astilleros Armon Shipyard was recently


Latest DoD Navy Contracts

USNS Guadalupe: Photo MSC

Vigor Industrial LLC, Moran Towing Corp., and Maersk Line, Ltd.  figure amongst the latest US Department of Defense, Navy, contract awards for various services as follows: USNS ship repair contract – Vigor Vigor Industrial LLC, Portland, Ore


Signet Closes $209m Financing Facility

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, through its Energy and Marine and Capital Markets Groups, acting in the capacity of lead arranger, closed a $209 million financing facility today for Signet Maritime Corporation, a global marine transportation company based in Houston.


Marine Towing of Tampa to Debut Tractor Tug

Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC will host a private dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 12 to debut its new tugboat, Patriot, at Port Tampa Bay. The Patriot is one of the few tugboats in the United States with open ocean firefighting capabilities spraying nearly 12


Harley Marine Orders Two Tractor Tugs

Michelle Sloan (courtesy of Harley Marine Services)

The construction of two new tractor tugs has begun at Diversified Marine in Portland, Oregon. The twin sister tugs, designed by Robert Allan, LTD, are each 80 feet in length, with approximately 5,200 horsepower and a 65 tons bollard pull. They are expected to be completed in March and June of 2015


Signet Maritime Expands Offshore Fleet

Signet Arcturus

Adding to its fleet of 37 conventional and ASD vessels, Signet Maritime Corporation took ownership of its ninth newly constructed tractor tug in six years. Signet Arcturus , a 105’ x 38’ Z-Drive, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver


Signet Maritime Acquires State-of-the-art Tractor Tug

Signet Maritime tug

  Adding to its fleet of 37 conventional and ASD vessels, Signet Maritime Corporation took ownership of its ninth newly constructed tractor tug in six years. SIGNET ARCTURUS, a 105’ x 38’ Z-Drive, designed by Robert Allan Ltd


Bay Delta Equips New Tug with Markey Winches

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San Francisco headquartered Bay Delta Maritime commissioned a sixth Delta Class Tug with Nichols Brothers Boat Builders out of Whidbey Island Washington. The Jensen designed M/V Delta Audrey, is a 100’x40’ z-drive tractor tug that is set to be delivered in June


McAllister’s New Tug Features JonRie Winches

Buckley McAllister (Photo courtesy of JonRie)

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


First RSD CNG Tug to Launch in 2016

Rendering of the new RSD CNG Tug (Image courtesy of Damen)

Three companies have teamed up to bring the first ever Reverse Stern Drive (RSD) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tug to the market. Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, German engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems






 
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