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Lightering Indonesian Coal

A tug tows a loaded coal barge down the Mahakam River past the city of Samarinda. Alan Haig-Brown/Cummins photo Passing the town of Samarinda, just above the deltas and about 30 kilometers up river from the sea, a steady parade of tugs towing barges are moving thousands of tons of coal from several large mines further up the river. Some of these tow barge loads of coal to neighboring Southeast Asian nations while others take to coal barges out of the river and alongside deep-sea vessels for transport to more distant markets. Mr. Johnny Tanair of Surabya has recently taken delivery of a new boat, the Tanair IX, which will join other tugs that he already has on lease to companies moving coal out of the river to be lightered aboard deep-sea ships. With over 80 kilometers of navigable river above Samarinda, a boat building industry developed in Samarinda to meet the needs of the logging companies. Now, with a declining forest industry, a large part of new construction is related to the coal industry. The MV Tanair IX is 39.5x8.6 meters. The stalwart tug is powered by a pair of1200 hp V-12 Cummins KTA 38 engines turning 1.98-meter propellers in 2-meter nozzles through Twin Disc MG5321DC gears with 6.39:1 gears. As with the tug Syarasd I, Mr. Suwandi built the Tanair IX, under contract using owner-supplied materials.


Barge in Nanticoke River Refloated

The barge that ran aground last Wednesday in the mouth of the Nanticoke River was refloated Thursday evening after a successful lightering operation. The double-hulled barge carrying 420,000 gallons of black oil was able to continue its voyage up the Nanticoke River after about a 1/3 of its cargo was lightered off the vessel reducing its weight allowing tugs to pull it free. There are no injuries or pollution as a result of the grounding. At about 7 a.m


Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers New Tugs

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Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD delivered the second of six new tugboats to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Md. this week. Elk River will join Sassafras, the first tug that Chesapeake built for Vane Brothers, in hauling 30,000 barrel tank barges on near coastal routes. Construction is already well underway on the remaining four tugs, each of which will be delivered over the next year and a half. Elk River produces 3


Sound Freight Penalized for Discharge

The owner of a tug that released oily bilge water into the Columbia River last year is being penalized $21,000 by the Washington Department of Ecology. Sound Freight Lines’ tug Black Hawk discharged an estimated 150 gallons of lubricating and diesel oils while transiting near Willow Grove on the Columbia River during the morning hours of Jan. 29, 2009. The sheen went unreported until mid-day when observers on the river called the U.S. Coast Guard and Ecology


Crowley Tugboat Makes Arduous Bering Sea Rescue

Tug Siku: Photo courtesy of Crowley

The crew of the Crowley Maritime Corp. tug 'Siku', operating in Western Alaska, recently rescued six men adrift in the Bering Sea. Shortly before the incident, the men’s 21-foot, aluminum skiff ran out of gas in Hooper Bay and was being quickly blown out of the bay and into increasingly heavy seas. Responding to a request by the Coast Guard, the crew of Siku, which was in the area holding for weather, located the skiff


Coast Guard Breaks Ice on Delaware River

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The U.S. Coast Guard said it is working to break ice on the Delaware River. The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan and Cleat are breaking ice to maintain navigable waterways. The ice-breaking tugs encountered significant ice on the Delaware River, up to five feet thick, approximately three miles south of Trenton, N.J. "The crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Cleat and Capstan are working diligently to prevent navigational impacts resulting from ice formation," said Lt


Coast Guard Responds to Tug Fire

The Coast Guard is investigating a tug fire that occurred yesterday south of Demopolis, Ala. on the Tombigbee Waterway. The Alabama Marine Police notified the coast guard Monday morning when the tug, Nonnie, pushing six empty hopper barges had caught on fire and was drifting south on the Tombigbee Waterway. The Coast Guard Cutter, Wedge, from Demopolis, an HU-25 Falcon jet from Aviation Training Center Mobile, and pollution response and investigation teams from Marine Safety Office Mobile


ASA Member Refloats Tanker on Mississippi

  On June 13, a member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) responded to grounded vessel in the Mississippi River just above Cubit’s Gap, about 10 miles below Venice, Louisiana.   Traffic on the Mississippi was not impeded by the grounded vessel.  The ASA member was placed on standby pending the results of aninitial effort to refloat the vessel with tugs.    Within a few hours of the vessel owner’s activation of its Vessel Response Plan (VRP) on


An Argentinian Shipbuilding Revival

Pictured is whats reported as El Astillero Punta Alvear de Argentina. (Photo: Courtesy http://thebulletinpanama.com)

According to a blog on the Bulletin Panama (http://thebulletinpanama.com), there is a boatbuilding revival happening in Argentina. The export of tugs and barges by Astillero Punta Alvear marks the revival of the Argentine shipbuilding industry, creating both foreign exchange and jobs with skilled labor and knowledge that was in danger of being lost after years of inactivity, as reported on http://thebulletinpanama.com


Grounded Cordova Vessel Under Coast Guard Watch

Scene on beachfront: Photo courtesy of USCG

A 77-foot integrated tug 'Hook Times' & barge home ported in Cordova is grounded on the Gulf of Alaska coast, 60 miles southeast of Cordova, as salvage plans continue, with the situation being monitored by the U.S. Coast Guard, reports The Cordova Times. Citing US Coast Guard officials, The Cordova Times explains that The Hook Point-Alaganik, with two people on board, was working on a tsunami debris cleanup project on the Alaskan coast on July 24 when the vessel encountered a combination


CME Lifts 'Force Majeure' at Some Illinois River Locales

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The CME Group Inc on Thursday said it lifted the majority of force majeure conditions invoked at corn and soybean shipping stations on the Illinois River earlier this month.   Force majeure conditions continue to exist at some exchange-approved corn and soybean shipping stations


Riverboat American Duchess to Launch in August

Artist rendering of American Duchess, the company’s latest riverboat (Image: American Queen Steamboat Company)

 The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the American Queen and American Empress, will launch service on its new American Duchess when it sets sail from New Orleans on Aug. 14, 2017, following its christening a day earlier.  


Op/Ed: USCG Forges the Future of Navigation

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock is one of six cutters and multiple shore units presently tasked with aids-to-navigation duties within the Great Lakes for the operation. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Nick Gould)

Maintaining the system of buoys and beacons that guide mariners through our nation’s waterways is the United States Coast Guard’s oldest mission. Tracing its roots to the ninth law passed by Congress in 1790 that moved lighthouses under Federal control, the U.S


Navigating the ABCs of SCR

The Earl W. Redd on christening day

On the way to Tier IV compliance, it turns out that experience counts.   In late February, the nation’s first Tier IV, Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) tugboat was christened. That’s probably not earthshaking news all by itself – after all


Mississippi Mishap: Bridge Allision Triggers 2-Year License Defense

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Professional captains and pilots in all sectors of the maritime industry confront daunting challenges and hazards every day on every trip. From piloting oceangoing ships into congested harbors and safely docking them, to navigating ferries, tourist vessels and water taxis through harbors and


Hudson River: A Battle for Anchorage Grounds Goes Viral

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Where commercial marine and safety considerations allide with recreational and other peripheral agendas, the discussion can sometimes be contentious. One such example of this reality is now playing out on the Hudson River in New York.  


Low Water hinders Rhine, Danube River Shipping

File Image: A typical Danube River pushboat and barge arrangement. (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) digitalstock)

Water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany remain low despite recent rain and freight vessels cannot sail fully loaded on the German sections of the rivers, traders said on Tuesday.   The Rhine is too shallow for normal sailings south of Duisburg and Cologne to Switzerland, traders said


St. Johns Delivers for Vane Brothers

Philadelphia is the fifth of eight new tugs being built by St. Johns Ship Building for Vane Brothers (Photo: St. Johns Ship Building)

St. Johns Ship Building has delivered the newly built tug Philadelphia to owner Vane Brothers.   Philadelphia is the fifth of eight new hulls for Vane Brothers in the Elizabeth Anne tug series consisting of 100 feet LOA, 4,200 HP twin screw tugs.  


Out of Service Tug Sinks in Alaska

An out of service tug has sunk at the Samson Tug and Barge Company pier in Sitka, Alaska.   The 81-foot vessel Powhatan owned by Samson Tug and Barge Company sank at the pier on the evening of April 19 and subsequently slid under the pier approximately 200 yards along an underwater ledge.


Tug and Barge Disabled near Galveston

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Emergency responders are working to keep a disabled tug and barge from running aground off of Texas.   U.S. Coast Guard response and incident management teams are coordinating with G & H Towing and T & T Marine Salvage to prevent a disabled tug and barge from running aground on


Inland Shipping Expands in India

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Integrated cargo transport along multiple waterways begins in India from the banks of Rupnarayan to the shores of Ganga.  V. V. Giri, a vessel of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) began a landmark pilot movement on April 23


Saqr Port Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo: Damen

Saqr Port, part of Rash Al Khaimah (RAK) Ports, has signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of an ASD 2913 tug. The vessel will be built a short distance away at Albwardy Damen in Sharjah and will be delivered in time for the opening of the new bulk terminal at Saqr Port


New ASD Tug for Saam Smit in Panama

Damen ASD Tug 2411 SST Portobelo (Photo: Damen)

Saam Smit Towage has ordered a new ASD (Azimuth Stern Drive) 2411 tug from Damen Shipyards, for operations in the port of Colón, Panama. Built for stock at Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam, it was subsequently transported to the Netherlands for finishing


New Double Drum Bow Winch from JonRie

Photo: JonRie

JonRie Marine Winches has launched its new Container Master Series “220” double drum bow winch, currently installed on the tug Independent, a new ASD for Marine Towing of Tampa.   The new winch is designed for a larger capacity rope


Robert Allan Ltd.: The Place that Launched 1,000 Tugs

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Over the last few years, as the design output from Robert Allan Ltd. to the global tugboat community began to border on the prodigious, we were often asked, “How many tugs has your company designed?” Until very recently we really did not have a good handle on that number






 
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