The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard will celebrate their 115th anniversary with the delivery of two new 4,640HP FIFI 1 ASD tugs. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultant, Inc., Seattle, Washington, the tugs AURA and ATLAS are built to the highest standards of the American Bureau of Shipping, the U.S. vessel classification society. The tugs were launched using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Travelift.
Founded by John D. Rockefeller on July 7, 1899, the company’s founding shareholders were the major industrialists at the turn of the century.
Great Lakes Shipyard is a full-service state-of-the-art shipyard specializing in every kind of marine construction, fabrications, conversions, refits and repairs for all types of commercial and government vessels, tugs, supply boats, ferries, barges, “truckable” barges, excursion vessels, dinner boats, research vessels and large yachts, as well as both on-site and off-site topside work of every kind.
The Great Lakes Towing Company, of which the Shipyard is a part, is a full service transportation company that 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. The Company’s tugboat services cover more than 8,300 miles of shoreline and a water surface area of roughly 100,000 square miles, an area officially identified as the nations “fourth seacoast,” and equal in distance to any of the other seacoasts.