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Panama Canal Reinforces Tug Fleet for Expansion

Photo Courtesy of the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal has increased its tugboat fleet with the arrival of the first two of 14 tugboats that will improve the waterway’s resources to offer a safer and more efficient service to the global shipping industry. These tugboats will strengthen the Canal’s capacity for the operation of the Third Set of Locks. “These new tugboats will allow the Panama Canal to continue offering a world-class service,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quiijano said. “They will help us prepare to face the challenge of operating the new set of locks with the same efficiency.” Cerro Itamut and Cerro Picacho are part of the new fleet of 14 tractor tugs that will be arriving within the next 12 months from Spain. Astilleros Armon, S.A., a Spanish ship-building company, was awarded the contract in September 2011, after an open tender with the participation of 20 companies from different countries in South America, Europe and Asia. Quijano explained that the update to the Panama Canal tugboat fleet began in 2001, when the waterway had 20 tugs. Currently, the Panama Canal has 39. According to the Panama Canal Administrator, towards the end of next year and after retiring those tugs reaching the end of their lifespan, the Panama Canal will have a fleet of 44 tugboats to face the operational demands of the current and expanded Canal.


Panama Canal Authority Acquires New Tugs

Panama President Mireya Moscoso welcomed two new tugboats to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) fleet, both purchased at a cost of $10,768,794. The new units, named Herrera and Los Santos, are made of state-of-the-art technology, and include emergency response equipment and improved operational facilities. Canal Administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta stated: “ The addition of two tugboats, Herrera and Los Santos, are part of the Canal’s permanent modernization program geared towards providing


CBMM Opens New Tugboat Exhibit April 21

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“Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats,” opens as a new exhibit on Saturday, April 21 in the Steamboat Building of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD.      The Chesapeake is a highway for tugs and barges, and for the large ships aided by tugs in port. The exhibit explores the lives of the men and women who work on these tugboats and the variety of ways tugs are used around the Chesapeake


Young Brothers to Invest $186m

Young Brothers Ltd. announced it will spend $186 million over 10 years on a new fleet of barges, tugboats, shipping containers, lifts and other equipment. The 106-year-old company is Hawaii’s largest interisland cargo line. The company's first new barge, a car-carrying roll-on/roll-off barge that can transport 500 vehicles, is scheduled for delivery late this year, sources said. The vessel, which is enclosed to protect cars from sea spray and salt air


Great Lakes Towing Frees Stranded Freighter

Great Lakes Towing Company tugboats 'Wyoming' & 'Idaho' free the grounded freighter Spruceglen in Lake St. Claire. The Great Lakes Towing Company, which celebrates 115 years of service this year, provides tugboat and towing services, ship assist, logistics and cargo transportation, ice breaking, and emergency assistance of every kind of vessel, barge, and marine structure in 40 U.S. Great Lakes ports located on all five Great Lakes and in all eight U.S. Great Lakes States.


Panama Canal Takes Last Tugboat of New Fleet

Cerro Ancon

The Panama Canal has  received  Cerro Ancon, the last of the 14 tractor tugs of its new fleet. These new tugboats will allow the Canal to offer a more efficient service to the global shipping industry and strengthen the waterway's capacity for the operation of the Third Set of Locks. The tugboats have been gradually arriving to Panama from Spain since June 2013. Astilleros Armon, S.A., a Spanish ship-building company, was awarded the contract in September 2011


Colle Towing Take Delivery of Marine Travelift

The family run business of Colle Towing Inc, who operate tugboats on the Pascagoula River, recently took delivery of its second Marine Travelift a new 600C boat hoist. The acquisition of the 600C machine means that Colle Towing will no longer have to operate a dry dock, which is much less efficient than the Marine Travelift operation. This is the second 600C boat hoist, which has been sold by Marine Travelift's dealer, H &E Equipment Services of Louisiana.


Crew of Stuck Vessel Doing Well

According to Focus News, the Bulgarian crew onboard the Katya Z ship are well and expect help from the tugboat Belarus after the Katya Z became stuck in the ice. Two tugboats were sent earlier to help the stuck ship, but there was no result because of their low power. There are 14 Bulgarians and four Ukrainian citizens on board the ship. The area in which the ship has stuck freezes often and there have been similar incidents before. (Source: Focus News)


Tugboat Pilot Plan May Have Backfired

According to a July 14 Associated Press report, a federal program to recruit more tugboat pilots may have backfired by allowing thousands of novice captains to take the helm, contributing to a 25 percent increase in the number of accidents on the nation's rivers. An Associated Press review of Coast Guard records indicates that the U.S. tugboat fleet is increasingly piloted by captains who have spent as little as one year in the wheelhouse.


Nautica to Build Two Tugs

Nautica Nova Shipbuilding and Engineering Sdn Bhd has signed a contract to build two tugboats for Multraship Towage & Salvage, a Dutch salvage and towage company. Managing director Chuah Chuan Yong said the company would deliver the first 108.2 ft. tugboat at end-2007. Nautica, which operates on a 13-acre site near Sungai Prai, employs 140 skilled workers, of whom 10% are engineers. (Source: http://biz.thestar.com.my)


Coast Guard Foundation Announces Annual 8th District Salute Honorees

     Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

  The Coast Guard Foundation announced that it will honor Thomas Allegretti and the American Waterways Operators (AWO), a motor lifeboat crew from Pensacola, Florida, and an aircrew from Air Station Houston, Texas at its Annual Salute to the 8th Coast Guard District on Friday


Tug Owner Jailed for Crewman’s Death

A tugboat owner was given an eight-month custodial sentence after his crew member died trying to reattach a tow line in a violent storm.   Martin Richley, owner and skipper of 9.5m Medway tugboat Endurance, pleaded guilty to offences under the Merchant Shipping Act at a hearing today at


Nine Voith Tugs for Pemex

Building Director Admiral Jose A. Sierra shows to Mexican President Pena Nieto how the Voith Schneider Propeller works in a Voith Water Tractor tugboat, during the keel laying ceremony, celebrated January 2 in the Shipyard ASTIMAR 20. (Photo: Voith Turbo)

Nine Voith Water Tractors will be built under an agreement signed with Mexico's petroleum company, Pemex, for use at oil and gas maritime terminals on both coasts of the country.    Construction on four of the nine tugboats began after a keel laying ceremony at Astimar 20


Cargo Ship Runs Aground Off Guimaras

Cargo ship MT King Andrew ran aground in Siete Picados, Guimaras, February 4 when strong winds and currents southwest off the Light Station forced the vessel off course, the Philippines Coastguard reported.   The ship master said MT King Andrew departed Lapuz Wharf in Iloilo around 11 p.m


New Tugboat Console Aims to Improve Ergonomics

Image: Alphatron Marine Group

JRC and Alphatron Marine have delivered new tugboat consoles for the new generation of Rotortugs.   Offering full control from a sitting position and all-round visibility through full height windows, the Robert Allan designed ART 80-32 Hybrid tugs RT Evolution and RT Discovery have been


Gondan to Build Three Tugs for Østensjø Rederi

Image courtesy of Gondan Shipyard

Astilleros Gondan awarded a contract to build three escort tugs for North Sea operation   Gondan Shipyard has signed a new contract with the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi AS for the construction of three tugboats that will join its fleet in Melkøya terminal of the


New YANMAR EPA Tier III Engine

(Image: Yanmar)

YANMAR America introduced its new EPA Tier III compliant commercial marine diesel engine. Rated at 755 mHP and 1,900 rpm, the new 20.38-liter 6AYAM-ET uses a full mechanical control system. The class-approved four-cycle, in-line six-cylinder 6AYAM-ET offers low fuel consumption and a continuous


Wärtsilä Propulsion Solution for 3 Tugs

Wärtsilä 34DF

  Three large new escort tugs contracted by Norwegian operator Østensjø Rederi, will feature Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) engines integrated with a customized gas storage and supply system also supplied by Wärtsilä


US Naval Ship Aground off Japanese Coast

Sgt. Matej Kocak, US Navy photo

The U.S. Navy and Japanese authorities are working to refloat a Military Sealift Command vessel after it ran aground Thursday off the coast of Okinawa.   The Sgt. Matej Kocak, a Military Sealift Command ship led by a civilian crew, ran aground off the coast of Uruma at 11:30 a.m


Vane Brothers Orders Two Tugs from Chesapeake

Sister ship to Hull 123 and 124 (Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding)

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has signed a contract with Vane Brothers to build two new tugs, marking the 13th and 14th tugs that Chesapeake will have built for Vane Brothers in the last several years. The two new tugs will fit into Chesapeake’s existing order book


22 Dead as Tug Capsizes in Eastern China

A total of 22 people were confirmed dead after a tugboat with 25 onboard sank on the Yangtze River in east China's Jiangsu Province on Thursday afternoon. Rescuers found the body of the last missing person in the tug's cockpit at around 2pm Chinese Time according to the Jiangsu Maritime Safety


Panama Canal: 15 Years Under Panamanian Administration

Photo: ACP

The Panama Canal celebrated its 15 year anniversary under the leadership of the Panamanian Administration. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal.  


Barge Industry Hails Phaseout of Single-Hulled Vessels

Thomas A. Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry that represents a large majority of the nation’s tank barge owners, today hailed the January 1, 2015 phaseout of single-hulled tank vessels as a public policy success that has


Maersk to Continue Russian Operations

Photo: Maersk

Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk said its four subsidiaries with activities in Russia continue to operate as planned despite the recent sharp drop in oil price and the rouble's collapse.   "The Group's business with Russia amounts to some two to three percent of our total revenue


Maersk to Continue Russian Operations

Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk said its four subsidiaries with activities in Russia continue to operate as planned despite the recent sharp drop in oil price and the rouble's collapse. "The Group's business with Russia amounts to some two to three percent of our total revenue






 
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