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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

Image: Damen

Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support from Damen under its Technical Cooperation program. The new tugs will be deployed on two major maritime projects for which ECO has recently won contracts. The first of these is a contract that ECO won earlier this year with a new Corpus Christi based LNG export terminal.

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs. Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year Ship Escort-Response Vessel System (SERVS) contract with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, for which the tugs will provide tanker escort and spill response services in Prince William Sound. The Tow Pin unit has the capacity to sustain 250 tons of line tension and features three individually raised and lowered towing pins, one hold down hook and a 14” diameter stern roller.

Robert Alan Designed ATB Tugs for ITB Marine

ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs photo Robert Alan

The ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. The tugs are being built at their Annacis Island Shipyard near Vancouver. The tugs will be connected by an articulating pin system to the existing double-hulled oil barges ITB Reliant and ITB Resolution which will receive retrofitted pin ladders and stern extensions for connecting to the new tugs. ITB had a well-defined statement of requirements for the tugs and a relatively clear vision of the desired layout.

Ecospeed Strengthens Polar Code Compliance

The operational success of the 1995-built RRS Ernest Shackleton is an exemplar of the Ecospeed coating’s performance (Image: Subsea Industries)

Subsea Industries has received an order for its specialist hull and rudder coatings for application to a shallow draught anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel under construction at Turkey’s Atlas Shipyard. The hard-type coatings were selected amidst strong competition because of their proven performance in polar waters. The Ice-Class 1A, 65m tug will carry out anchor handling and oil recovery duties in the ecologically sensitive Arctic in compliance with the IMO Polar Code requirements, due to enter into force in January.

Keppel Grows LNG Business

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) announced it has secured contracts to build its first two dual-fuel diesel liquefied natural gas (LNG) harbor tugs, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Keppel-Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) to jointly explore opportunities in using LNG as fuel. Keppel O&M's wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd secured the tug contracts from Keppel Smit Towage Pte. Ltd and Maju Maritime Pte. Ltd. who have ordered one unit each. The two tugs are expected to use bunkering services provided by the joint venture company, FueLNG Ltd. The tugs will be built to Keppel's proprietary design which won the Outstanding Maritime R&D and Technology Award at the 2015 Singapore International Maritime Awards.

Boskalis JVs Order two LNG Dual-fuel Harbor Tugs


Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) joint ventures Keppel Smit Towage and Maju Maritime have ordered two innovative LNG dual-fuel harbor tugs, which marks a breakthrough for realizing clean environmentally friendly harbor towage services in the Singapore port. The tugs, which are expected to be delivered in 2018, will run entirely on LNG. For this reason, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will award a grant of up to SGD 2 million for each tug under its LNG Bunkering Pilot Programme.

Foss Maritime: Hard at Work in the Arctic

Glacier Wind in Cook Inlet (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

As the oil industry awaits a much-needed rebound, Foss Maritime’s robust presence in the Arctic region underscores its commitment to the region, the environment, and a business plan that looks ahead to the next chapter. Reports of the death of commercial Arctic activities have been greatly exaggerated. While Arctic energy projects have, by and large, been put on the back burner – like most things related to energy in other places – there are still many projects ongoing; and still others being planned.

Wagenborg Launches New Tug Wild Maa

Photo: Wagenborg

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Wagenborg launched the new tugboat Wild Maa in Groningen, the Netherlands. Prior to the tandem lift, Wagenborg transferred the tug, weighing 253 metric tons and measuring 29 meters long and 10.3 meters wide, from the construction hall to the quay using 14 axle lines conventional trailers. At the quay, two 700 ton mobile cranes lifted the tugboat from the conventional trailers and positioned the vessel in the water, the Oude Winschoterdiep. After launching…

Robert Allan, Sanmar Design New Z-drive Tractor Tug

Image: Sanmar

The TRAktor-Z 2500SX is the new Z-drive tractor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. in collaboration with Sanmar Shipyards. Engineered for maximum efficiency in both harbor ship handling and towing duties, this compact, under 24 m rule length design offers dependable omnidirectional performance for use in ports worldwide. The hull and appendage configuration has been extensively model tested and analysed with Robert Allan Ltd.’s in house Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) capability, to optimize directional stability both while sailing ahead and astern, without compromising maneuverability.

Horizon Flips First Hull for McAllister

Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Ala. said it has reached milestone in its contract with McAllister Towing. The Capt. Brian A. McAllister, the first of up to four hulls, has been flipped and set on the shipbuilding ways. A considerable amount of work was performed while the hull was upside down including installation of all major pipe runs and manifolds, fabrication and installation of the cable trays and bulkhead penetrations and fender installation, the builder said. With the hull set, Horizon will be able to set the prefabricated and outfitted superstructure.

Damen Hosts 'Workboat Festival' for Clients and Partners

Damen Workboat Festival (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, opened its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. More than 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen vessels and experience some of them out on the water. The vessels on display included Multi Cats, a wide range of Stan Tugs, high-speed RHIBs, Pilot boats, Fast Crew Suppliers, fast Patrol Boats and pontoons.

Great Lakes Launch Hopper Dredge Ellis Island

The Ellis Island prior to launch Photo Great Lakes

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced today the successful launch of the Ellis Island, the barge component of its Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) hopper dredge currently under construction. The launch occurred on September 30, 2016 at Eastern Shipbuilding’s shipyard in Allanton, Florida. After two years of construction and hundreds of thousands of man hours, the launch marks a significant milestone in the construction progress of the vessel. CEO Jonathan Berger commented…

New Tractor Tug for Jones Marine Group

The David J just off the Sylte Shipyard on the Fraser River (Photo courtesy of Haig-Brown/Cummins)

Steady, smooth, powerful, highly maneuverable: these were comments from mariners on board for sea trials of Jones Marine Group’s new tractor tug, David J. The new workboat was put through its paces in fine form. The boat is an A.G. McIlwain-designed 53 by 26.5-foot handy-sized tractor tug with a hefty14-foot molded depth. The beam offers remarkable stability, while the length allows the tug to work in tight spaces. Built by Sylte Marine of Maple Ridge for Jones Marine Group Ltd, of Chemainus, it is, as company president Daryl R.

VSTEP delivers NAUTIS Tug Trainer Simulator

NAUTIS Tug Trainer Simulator

VSTEP delivered a NAUTIS Tug Trainer Simulator at T.O.S (Transport & Offshore Services) headquarters in Rotterdam. T.O.S. selected the NAUTIS Tug Trainer for its new ASD Training Program service. The NAUTIS Tug Trainer is a new generation of DNV certified Tug Handling Simulators, catering to the full range of maritime training goals in compliance with the latest STCW & IMO requirements. The NAUTIS Tug simulator range includes affordable, high quality simulators to fit any budget, from Desktop Trainers to 360° Tug Simulators according to your training and certification requirements. T.O.S.

Fuel Data Analysis Improves Performance

(Photo: Royston Diesel Power)

Enginei fuel monitoring systems provide comprehensive fuel data analysis and reporting options to provide vessel owners and operators with detailed engine performance and other mission critical information. To support workboats, offshore support fleets and inland waterway operators along the U.S. Gulf Coast, enginei’s regional representative is the Houma, La.-based Bow 2 Stern Technologies, who will also be present at this year’s International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans. Enginei…

OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval

File photo: Port of Long Beach

The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016. The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM, Evergreen Marine and Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL), was subject to an exhaustive FMC review process by that thoroughly examined all aspects of the proposed agreement to assure that competition in the ocean transportation industry would not suffer.

MARIN Debuts Tug Simulators

MARIN has upgraded two part task simulators into full tug simulators, which have  been used in training & studies for TOTAL, Port of Rotterdam, Meyer Werft and OLT Toscana, amongst others. For years MARIN’s Nautical Center has made extensive use of full mission bridge simulators for nautical studies and training and for many of these simulations tugs play an important role. Although it is possible to use computer (or autopilot) controlled tugs, it is preferable to have the tug masters themselves control the tugs.

CORIMA Orders a Damen ASD Tug 2810

Image: Damen

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, high quality shipbuilder.

New Tug Guidelines from Bureau Veritas

International classification society Bureau Veritas has worked closely with the towing industry to develop a set of Guidelines for Design, Construction and Operation of Tugs. The Guidance Note provides safety rules for tugs in an area of marine safety where there are many vessels not covered by international conventions, with no established framework. Gijsbert de Jong, Bureau Veritas’ Business Development Manager for offshore service vessels and tugs said, “Active involvement with industry stakeholders was vital to building these rules. Bureau Veritas has worked in close cooperation with several industry leaders, including Robert Allan Ltd…

Ocean Tug & Barge Delivers FacetTug Design

Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp. has completed the engineering of an AT/B conversion for Reinauer Transportation of Staten Island, N.Y., the third such AT/B conversion engineered by the Milford, Mass. firm for Reinauer with a fourth currently underway. The converted AT/B tug Craig Eric Reinauer was recently delivered by Senesco Marine of North Kingstown, R.I., to Reinauer Transportation. The 4610 BHP tug received an Intercon connection system  at the Rhode Island shipyard.

Tugz International to Purchase HandySize Tug

Tugz International LLC, an affiliate of The Great Lakes Group, , entered into a Purchase Agreement for a new HandySize 2,800 hp tug with Red Cape Marine Corporation, a Puerto Rico based company. The tug is a new class of tugboats being constructed in The Great Lakes Towing Company’s new Great Lakes Shipyard facility in Cleveland, Ohio. The tug departed the yard on October 23, 2010 bound for St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The tug will be used in the Caribbean in the intra-island movement of a 30,000 bbl oil barge. The tug purchase price is confidential. A new more powerful HandySize 3,200 hp tug is now under construction at the Great Lakes Shipyard facility, Cleveland, Ohio, for delivery in April, 2011.

Skangas Secures Framework Agreement with Statoil

Viking Energy Photo Skangas

Skangas has entered into an agreement with Statoil for delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for their platform supply vessels (PSV). The LNG will be delivered to several bases along the Norwegian west coast by ship. Skangas will in addition deliver LNG to Statoil’s tugs at Kårstø. The agreement is valid from 1 April 2017 until the end of 2020 with an option for two plus two years. The supply bases are located at Mongstad, Florø (Saga Fjordbase) and Kristiansund (Vestbase).

Foss Acquires Constellation Tug

Foss Maritime Company is expanding into the American East Coast market with the acquisition of Constellation Tug Company of Charlestown, Mass. With the planned introduction of new, technologically advanced tractor tugs to the Constellation fleet, the company aims to increase its capacity and capabilities, and improve service for its Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay customers. Foss has agreed to acquire the equipment, assets and trade names of Constellation Tug Company of Charlestown, and will operate the company as a subsidiary under the name Constellation Maritime Company. The current leadership of Constellation will continue to manage the company when it becomes a subsidiary of Foss.

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