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Eastern Launches Tug for Suderman & Young

Triton (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced it has launched escort tug Triton for Suderman & Young Towing Company on September 11, 2015.   The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern, with employees and guests in attendance. Mike Nigro, V.P. of G&H Towing shared a few words about the quality work and commitment of the companies involved and Deacon Earl Mirus of St. John’s Catholic Church of Panama City blessed the vessel. Mikes wife, Lisa had the honor of christening the vessel.   Triton (ESG Hull #235), scheduled to for delivery in the fourth quarter of this year, is the first of a series four Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs designed by Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) and currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility for Suderman & Young Towing Company. Eastern is also constructing an identical series of four tugs for Bay Houston Towing Company. G&H Towing Company is the Owners’ onsite Representative and Agent during the engineering, construction and delivery for both Suderman & Young and Bay Houston. G&H Towing Company will operate the vessels after delivery.   Robert Allan, LTD (RAL) of Vancouver, B.C. will provide the Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs design and engineering. G&H Towing's fleet currently consists of eight “Z-Tech” tugs in operation


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers H. DOUGLAS M

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M for Bay-Houston Towing Company on February 5th, 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. The H. DOUGLAS M (ESG Hull #236) is the first in a series of four (4) Z-Tech Class Terminal & Escort Tugs being constructed for Bay-Houston Towing Company


Training the Next Generation at Great Lakes Towing

The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have entered into another year as a partner in St. Martin de Porres High School’s Corporate Work Study Program.  Four students, one from each grade level, work one day a week in various departments at the Company headquarters to help fund about 50% of the cost of their education. The relationship between the school and the Company is aimed at assisting the young men and women develop habits that give them an introduction to the


Great Lakes Towing and Shipyard Add Two New Tugs

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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.


ESG to Build Four RA Tugboats

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) said that Suderman & Young Towing Company & Bay Houston Towing Company have placed orders for a total of four new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs at Eastern’s Panama City, Florida facilities. ESG added that G & H Towing Company will provide the onsite representation for both owners as their agent during the engineering, construction and delivery phases of these contracts.


U.S. Shipbuilding: ESG Nabs Two Z-Drive Tug Contracts

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Eastern Shipbuilding (ESG) said that Suderman & Young Towing Company and Bay Houston Towing Company each exercised one additional Z-Drive Tug to be built at ESG.   This brings the total to six of the new Robert Allan, Ltd. Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built at ESG's Panama City, FL facilities.   G&H will provide the onsite representation for both owners as the owner's agent during the construction and delivery phases of the contracts.   


Washburn & Doughty Launches Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg, built by Washburn & Doughty for Cape Fear Towing Company of Wilmington, N.C., will be primarily used for docking shops and coastal towing. Fort Bragg was designed by Washburn & Doughty's naval architect and vice-president, Bruce Washburn, and built to ABS and USCG standards, but not classed. The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3516 electronic main engines rated at 2,200 hp at 1,600 rpm. These engines power two Ulstein model 1650H Z-drives


Legal Matters

Massachusetts Modifies Application for No-Discharge Zone The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has modified the scope of an application for the designation of a "no-discharge zone." In 1998, the EOEA submitted a proposal to the EPA for a "no-discharge" designation encompassing all coastal waters within the jurisdiction of the state. In 1999, the application was withdrawn due to the substantial costs associated with providing the requisite


Towing Company to Pay $10M for Spill

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts issued a Press Release stating the Bouchard Transportation Co. was sentenced to pay a $10 million fine in connection with the oil spill in Buzzards Bay on April 27, 2003. A loaded tank barge being towed by a company tug grounded while outside the channel. The tug and barge were outside the channel because the mate on duty had left the pilothouse unmanned. The company was aware of repeated concerns raised about the mate’s


Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Damen Tugs

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First Damen tugs to be built under license in the U.S.   An agreement was signed between Damen Shipyards Group and Great Lakes Shipyard for the latter to build two Stan Tugs 1907 ICE at its facility in Cleveland, marking the first instance in which Damen tugs will be built under license in the United States, according to the Ohio shipbuilder.   The ICE Class vessels will be operated by the yard’s affiliate company, The Great Lakes Towing Company


Coalition Urges Congress to Address Asian Carp in the Great Lakes

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A coalition of maritime business and industry organizations sent a letter to key Members of Congress on Friday, March 24 urging funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to further support efforts undertaken by the State of Illinois to slow


Kotug, Seabulk Team Up in Bahamas

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KOTUG International and Seabulk Towing have been awarded a contract with Borco Towing Company to carry out all towage operations at their Buckeye Bahamas Hub in the Bahamas.    The contract will be performed through a newly formed joint venture between KOTUG and Seabulk: Kotug Seabulk


Pat Folan Weighs in on All Things 'Tugboat'

Photo: Pat Folan

Pat Folan is a partner in Daphne, Ala.-based Tug & Barge Solutions, a safety and compliance company that focuses on Subchapter M compliance for towing companies. The company also performs surveys of towing vessels and barges, manages safety management systems for towing companies and trains


ABS Wins Great Lakes Towing SubM Contract

Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company

ABS said it has been awarded a Third Party Organization (TPO) contract by The Great Lakes Towing Company (GLT) to support compliance with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M regulations.    “Every organization operating towing vessels in U.S


Bay-Houston's New Escort Tug Launched

Laura B (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched Laura B, the final vessel in a series of four Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class terminal and escort tugs built for Bay-Houston Towing Co. The Laura B is scheduled to deliver in 2016.  


Subchapter M: Slow Walking the Inspection of Towing Vessels

One important impact of the new regulations is that, once they enter into effect, the U.S. Coast Guard will be the principal federal agency overseeing towing vessels.  OSHA will immediately lose its authority over inspected towing vessels. (Photo: Pat Folan)

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard promulgated its long awaited or dreaded (depending on your perspective) final rule regarding inspection of towing vessels. The new regulations, which will enter into effect on July 20, derive from a 2004 legislative amendment which added towing vessels to the


Great Lakes Shipyard Lays Keel for 10 Damen Tugs

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A keel-laying ceremony was held on August 10 at Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio for 10 Damen Stan Tugs 1907 ICE. The new Ice Class vessels will be the first tugs to be designed and built to comply with the new Subchapter M Coast Guard regulations


Eastern Delivers Escort Tug to Suderman & Young

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On July 29, 2016, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered Oceanus (Hull# 240), the third in series of four identical Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built for Suderman & Young Towing Company at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility.  


Another Tug Launched for Suderman & Young

Poseidon (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. said it launched on August 15, 2016 the final vessel in a series of four Z-Tech Class Terminal & Escort Tugs being constructed for Suderman & Young Towing Company. The tug Poseidon is scheduled to be delivered later in 2016.  


The Advent of Subchapter M

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A primer: the new rule and guidance for operators as they search for the right mix of compliance options to meet their specific and unique needs.      For several years, the towing vessel industry has been waiting for final publication of the U.S


Damen Workboats for Fratelli Neri Fleet Expansion

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Italian towing company Fratelli Neri S.p.A. has expanded its fleet with the delivery of three new Damen workboats. The trio of vessels will be based in the company’s home port of Livorno, on the Tuscan coast. Damen delivered all the vessels from stock;completing the final outfitting works


From Across the Big Pond

Stan Tug 3711 - (4x) to be built by Conrad Shipyard for Young Brothers (Photo: Damen)

With familiar faces, new partnerships and Houston office, Damen widens its North American profile with a flurry of new work orders.   With a flourish and a flurry of new business, Damen’s new U.S.-based office officially opened in Houston, Texas on July 1, 2016


Tug Huron Goes to Work in Duluth

Photo: Kenneth Newhams / Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company said it has repositioned its Tug Huron to Duluth, Minn. on Monday, January 2, 2017 to enhance capabilities for icebreaking, harbor assist and other services essential to commercial shipping in the Duluth-Superior region.  


U.S. Coast Guard, Industry Respond to GoM Ro/Ro Fire

The Coast Guard and good Samaritans are responding to the report of a vessel on fire approximately 150 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Monday.   Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received a report at 3:28 a.m


Barge Breakaway on Ohio River

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a report of a barge breakaway at the Racine Lock and Dam on the Ohio River near Huntington, W.Va., Thursday.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report that UTV Austin C. Settoon, pushing three barges loaded with approximately 3






 
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