Ranger Tugs announces the appointment of Kirk Hawley to the position of Sales Manager for the 21-29 foot trailerable boats built by Fluid Motion. Kirk will assume his new position at the end of August and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Kent, WA. Kirk brings over two decades of experience in the marine industry to his position at Ranger Tugs. Prior to his 12 years in the marine industry, Kirk spent 23 years in the retail grocery industry where he developed a very well rounded business background in sales, marketing, merchandising, leadership and the value of ensuring excellent customer service. His career in the global marine industry provided a solid understanding of the boat market and what it takes to be successful in sales, marketing, distribution, portfolio planning, product development, profitability and customer satisfaction. “Kirk brings a comprehensive understanding of sales and marketing to Ranger Tugs and will be able to apply his experience in refining our sales cycle process as well as growing the Ranger Tugs sales opportunities on a national level,” says Jeff Messmer, Vice President of Ranger Tugs. Kirk is a lifelong avid boater with a passion for fishing, hunting and water sports. He most recently served as the Brand Manager for a Global Sportfishing Boat brand where he managed and monitored sales, product pipeline and portfolio as well as global market requirements and product strategies
Easily one of the more interesting statistical comparisons and compilations that reach our desk every year is the periodic Marcon International Tug Boat Market Report. We’ve examined this type of report before and it is worth doing so again. Chock full of data on the availability and make-up of tugs for sale here and abroad, the report also drills much deeper than that. We’ve highlighted some of the more interesting aspects of their latest effort (November 2012)
Wefings Marine Celebrates Sale of the First and 100th R29. Ranger Tugs is pleased to announce the delivery of the 100th Ranger Tug 29 to her new owners. The 100th boat was sold by Marc Grove, owner of Wefings Marine, the Apalachicola, Florida-based Ranger Tugs dealer. Marc was also responsible for the sale of the first R29 in 2009 which was also Wefings Marine’s 100th anniversary year. The R29 was introduced in 2009 and has remained a popular model of the trailerable trawlers
Once again displaying their diversity for use in the domestic petroleum industry, one of Crowley’s four ocean class tugs, Ocean Sky, recently provided back-up station-keeping and holdback services during a routine blackout test of ultra-deepwater, semisubmersible oil rig Noble Jim Day in U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This Shell-leased, Noble-owned rig is currently operating in about 9,600 feet of water in the 508 section of Walker Ridge as part of the Stones Prospect.
CORIMA, part of the Italian Gesmar Group, has ordered a Damen ASD Tug 2810. The Damen ASD Tug 2810, which has a 60 metric tons bollard pull, will be deployed in the port of Ancona. With the official signing ceremony taking place on January 12, the new tug is due to be delivered at the end of the year. Riccardo Vitiello, CORIMA President and Managing Director Gesmar Group, said, “We already have a Damen ASD Tug 3110 and have always thought Damen is a very good
Crowley Marine Services, Inc. has sold a second sister-tug of the Point Class to Island Tug & Barge Co., Marcon International, Inc. reported. The sale of the ABS +A1, Towing, +AMS classed, 2,100BHP shallow draft ocean towing / push tug Pt. Oliktok mirrors the transaction which Marcon brokered in 2013 between the two parties on the sister vessel ex-Pt. Barrow. The three Point Class sister-tugs were specifically designed and built to work in the Arctic
Crowley Maritime Services, Seattle, has sold its twin screw tug Geronimo (ex-Zeno) to Bay Towing Corp. of Norfolk, Va. The tug, built in 1967, measures 128 x 32.8 ft., and is powered by two Fairbanks Morse 10-38D8-1/8 main engines. This is the third tug Bay Transportation has purchased through Marcon International, Coupeville, Wash. The Klukwan Native Corp., of Juneau, Alaska, has sold twin screw, 3,000 hp tug Chilkat Hunter (ex-Hunter D, ex-Chaunta, ex-Wendy Foss
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wash., announced that Caribbean Towing, Inc. of Madisonville, La., has sold its 3,900 hp twin screw, U.S. flag tug Ranger to Jonah Co., Inc. of Lockport, La. The tug was originally built in 1945 as a single screw ATA class tug and after lying idle for about 10 years was completely rebuilt and converted to a twin screw tug in 1997 by Bollinger Shipyards in Algiers. Work included installation of a new electrical system, interior refinishing
By Alan Haig-Brown The shipyards of Sarawak are particularly adept at meeting the demands of multiple tug orders. Kian Juan Dockyard in Miri is currently in the midst of a ten-boat order all of which are built to the same design. As of late January this year two units had been delivered and six were scheduling for sea trails. The balances of two units had already been launched and were fitting out alongside. The large open area
BigLift Shipping’s heavy-lift vessel Happy Star arrived in the Port of Rotterdam bringing with her Damen’s largest transportation of stock vessels to date; a total of 22 vessels. Included in the Damen transport are two Fast Crew Suppliers 2610, one ASD Tug 2310, three ASD Tugs 2411 and three ASD Tugs 3212, all of which have been sold and will be delivered to clients upon arrival. Additionally, there are a number of completed vessels available for sale
Crowley Maritime Corporation’s tanker escort and docking services group in Valdez is celebrating over seven million man hours and more than six years since logging its last Lost Time Injury (LTI). In addition to this remarkable number
On 20 January 2016, Corima, part of the Italy-based Gesmar Group, held an official handover ceremony for a Damen ASD 2810 tug. The festivities were attended by invited guests that included representatives from Ancona’s port and city authorities.
Sylvain Robitaille has been named Regional Sales Manager. Reflecting the growing volume of shipbuilding projects and expansion of its customer base in the region, Schottel has opened a new sales office in the Quebec City, Quebec area. Schottel Canada, Inc
VT Halter Marine, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., the first of the two 6,000 horsepower Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tugs to Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr
Saam Smit Towage, a joint venture between SAAM S.A. and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. providing towage services in Mexico, Canada, Panama and Brazil, announced it has invested in fleet renewal in Canada and Panama. The company’s Canadian arm has taken delivery of newbuild tug SST
Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) delivereed the Reverse Tractor Tug Archie T. Higgins to Bisso Offshore, LLC in late 2015. Upon arrival in Louisiana and at the mouth of the Mississippi River, the vessel went right to work escorting its first ship northbound to New Orleans
In line with its dry cargo strategy to focus on Panamax and Supramax vessels, Danish ship owner NORDEN has entered into an agreement to sell its last remaining Capesize vessel Nord-Energy (180,310 dwt. built in 2004). At the same time, the company has agreed to buy a Supramax vessel (58,000 dwt
Euronav NV has sold one of its two oldest VLCC vessels, the 2001-built, 298,412 dwt VLCC Famenne, for $38.4 million. The vessel is wholly owned by Euronav. The capital gain on that sale of about $13.8 million will be recorded at delivery.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched the Escort Tug NEPTUNE for Suderman & Young Towing Company on January 5, 2016. 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
December 2015 orders covering the whole range SCHOTTEL, a manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications, reports it has entered into 2016 with a bag full of new orders. The December orders underpin again the role the German manufacturer plays in the
SAAM has taken delivery of its first two tugs to be powered by GE Marine. These new 80-ton RAstar 3200 terminal support tugs include two 8L250 GE Marine diesel engines. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built at Guangdong Bonny Fair Heavy Industry Limited in China
Marine Manufacturer Adds Talented Technical Sales Professional To Expand Key Big Boat Market Segment Presence IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, announced today the addition of Prentice Weathers to its sales team.
The U.S. Coast Guard received approval for removal and destruction of tugboat Challenger under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWCPA). An incident command will be established and operations will begin Monday, February 1, to manage the removal of the tugboat that sank in
Propulsion evolves, improves and powers forward in the inland markets. And, Z-Drive propulsion is the future. In a white paper released late in 2014 by The Shearer Group, Ed Shearer and Greg Beers outlined The Next Generation of inland vessels
Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, was selected to provide detailed design services including stability, structure and systems design for two, 100-foot long, 40-foot wide, escort tugs for McAllister Towing