Fraser River News

28 Nov 2018

ATB Push Tug Island Raider Enters Service

Island Raider / ITB Resolution in Burrard Inlet (photo credit: Carolyn Matt, Island Tug)

Canada-based provider of oil cargo transportation services Island Tug and Barge Ltd informed that s new ATB push tug the Island Raider has entered service pushing the double hulled refined petroleum products barge, ITB Resolution.The Island Raider is the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB push tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. Constructed at Island Tug’s Annacis Island Shipyard on the Fraser River, the Island Raider is connected by an articulating pin system to…

03 Oct 2018

ITB Christens New Tug Island Raider

(Photo: ITB)

Island Raider, the newest articulating tug in Island Tug and Barge’s (ITB) fleet, was christened September 28, during an afternoon ceremony at ITB’s headquarters in Burnaby, B.C.The new vessel is first of two in a series built by on-site at ITB’s Annacis Island facility along the Fraser River. The Island Raider, along with its sister the Island Regent (delivery February, 2019), was designed by renown Robert Allan Limited naval architects and marine engineers of Vancouver, B.C. to be paired with ITB’s double-hulled oil tank barge, the ITB Resolution, as an articulated tug and barge (ATB).

18 Jun 2018

Interesting Launch for Interesting Tugs

As the crane swing on its 60-foot diameter ring, the tug had to be lifted to clear winches and containers on the barge deck. (Photo: Haig-Brown / Cummins)

The ownership of the Canadian firm Island Tug and Barge has changed with the purchase by the U.S. parent company Tidewater Inc. The firm is now known as Island Tug.The second tug, with the hull and superstructure completed and with the Cummins K38s installed still requires more work, was also launched in early May of 2018.The vessels were built in a warehouse on the Fraser River. With no launching facility and a railway track between the yard and the steep bank of the river, it took some innovative heavy lifting.

11 May 2017

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, so the answer was usually either “a lot” or “many hundreds”, neither of which were particularly illuminating. So a search was begun late in 2016 to review our archives and try to determine the tug tally much more precisely. Would we rival Helen? Where did it all begin?

15 Mar 2017

New ATB Builds for Island Tug & Barge

A worker’s torch cuts metal in the raised forecastle that will house the pin rooms. (Photo: Haig-Brown/Cummins)

Over the years Vancouver, BC based Island Tug and Barge (ITB) has refurbished and repowered older vessels and completed new vessels. The company is currently working on its most ambitious and innovative project to date. In its Annacis Island Shipyard, located undercover in a pair of huge leased warehouses on the Fraser River, ITB is building two tugs that will be paired with two of its existing barges. The two boats are built with pins for use in an articulated tug and barge application.

08 Feb 2016

Seaspan Venture: Like for Like

Photo: Alan Haig-Brown

“We don’t usually remove the heads at mid-life on the Cummins engines,” Randy Beckler, Shore Engineer for Seaspan Marine, explained in reference to the 2003 launched Seaspan Venture’s third like-for-like repower. The repower was completed in the first week of February 2016. The Seaspan Venture, like her sister the Seaspan Tempest, had a pair of Cummins KTA38 M0 engines when new builds. These engines were changed out at over 40,000 hours. In 2016, the second set of engines had around 42,000 hours.

24 Sep 2015

TSB to Investigate Tug Incident in Fraser River

The TSB is publishing selected data pertaining to accidents and reportable incidents from its Marine Safety Information System (MARSIS) for use by professionals and the public to advance transportation safety.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators following the girding and sinking of the tug Sea Imp X in the North Arm of the Fraser River, British Columbia. The occurrence took place yesterday at approximately 20:00 PDT. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence. It is publishing selected data pertaining to accidents and reportable incidents from its Marine Safety Information System (MARSIS) for use by professionals and the public to advance transportation safety.

21 Jul 2015

Ledcor Adds Six New Cargo Barges

Photo courtesy of Ledcor Group

The Ledcor Group of Companies announced that it has taken delivery of six new cargo barges to serve clients in southwest B.C. Ledcor said its marine division has grown significantly since its inception in 2012 and is on target to double its fleet size by 2016, bringing its fleet totals to nine tugboats and 23 barges. "Ledcor continues to invest in its marine operations, allowing us to expand and diversify to meet the needs of current and future clients," said Mark Houghton, Chief Operating Officer for Ledcor's Marine Operations.

17 Jul 2015

Draft Reef-net Tender: A Unique Vessel for a Unique Fishery

The Gelactic Ice alongside in La Conner, Washington

“We use 10,000 pound anchors on the nets,” said Keith Carpenter as he explained the complexities of this traditional salmon fishery. Carpenter is the president of Lummi Island Wild, the organization that manages and markets the catch from several reef nets. Carpenter was explaining the need for the 12-inch moon pool and heavy winch located forward and midships on the deck of the newly launched Galactic Ice. “When we have to move an anchor we will send down a diver to attach a line.

09 Jul 2015

PPA Canada Signs on Helm CONNECT

Helm CONNECT Preventive Maintenance Made Easy

Today, software developer Helm Operations announced that it has signed Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) Canada to its Helm CONNECT Preventive Maintenance software. PPA operates five pilot boats and provides complete pilotage services for all ports on Canada’s west coast including Vancouver and those within the Fraser River. Ekkebus continues, touching on a core element of Helm software’s purpose. Ron deBruyne, CEO and Founder of Helm Operations is proud to have Helm CONNECT serve PPA and says. Helm CONNECT is designed to be intuitive in every way.

05 Mar 2015

Vancouver Port Operations Resume Atfer Container Fire

Port Metro Vancouver said on Thursday that operations had resumed at most port facilities shut down by a shipping container fire the day before, but that its Centerm container terminal was still closed. The chemical fire, which prompted a massive emergency response late on Wednesday and shut down a large portion of Canada's biggest port, continued to smolder at the container yard just east of downtown Vancouver. "Fire officials have isolated the fire and continue to monitor the container," said Port Metro Vancouver spokesman John Parker-Jervis in a statement, adding that there is an 100 meter (330 feet) exclusion zone in place around the burning container. He added that operations had resumed at all other port facilities on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet.

19 Jan 2015

Kvichak Delivers Two Vessels to Tymac

Photo courtesy of Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine delivered two all-aluminum 36.6’ Crew / Pilot Boats to Tymac Launch Service, Ltd. of British Columbia, Canada. The vessels were designed by Kvichak for the specific use of transporting 12 or fewer passengers for BC coast pilots, government officials, ships agents and surveyors, longshoremen, repair crews etc. The areas of operations include Vancouver Harbor, Indian Arm, Howe Sound, the Fraser River and Southern Gulf of Georgia Strait. Powered by twin John Deere 6090SFM85 diesel engines rated for 425 bhp and ZF 305-3 marine gears.

27 May 2014

Canada's CLI Christen New Lifeboat

A Tyne-class Lifeboat: Image RNLI

The Canadian Lifeboat Institution (CLI) has taken delivery of a Tyne-class lifeboat from UK's RNLI and renamed the rescue vessel 'Fraser Lifeboat', informs the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia. The Fraser Lifeboat originally entered service in 1987 as Famous Grouse for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). During her first career, the Tyne-class boat is credited with 363 launches leading to the rescue of 475 people and the saving of 37 lives. She was carried to…

23 Apr 2013

Catherwood Buys Tugboat, Side-swaps Engines

Cummins Engines Installation: Photo credit Haig-Brown/Cummins

Catherwood Towing's owner, Ernie Catherwood, adds another tugboat to his 14-boat fleet that operates in and around Canada's Fraser River. The 39-year old boat was at a shipyard undergoing a scheduled Canadian Steamship Inspection. Ernie had marine surveyor Mark McAllister and his port engineer Trevor Sexton check the boat out, and they reported the boat sound with excellent 1/2-inch hull plating. But the old 12V149 Jimmies were tired, although their big Lufkin gears had recently been rebuilt and were in good shape.

18 Dec 2012

Dredging Contract Will Aid Fraser River BC Communities

Fraser River Dredging: Photo credit Port Metro

Vital access channels in the Fraser River in Steveston & Ladner will be kept navigable by a US$ 10-million joint dredging contract. Economic activity in the area will be facilitated as a result of unprecedented collaborative work bringing together a $10 million joint commitment by Port Metro Vancouver, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Corporation of Delta, and the City of Richmond. "Providing clear, safe, local navigation channels is enormously important to our communities…

13 Dec 2012

New Samson ASD Harbour Tugboat

Kootenay Under Construction: Photo credit Samson Tug Boats

Samson Tug Boats Inc. launch the 'Kootenay', a BC-locally built tugboat for operations on the Fraser Fiver. Not only is she a local design – she is locally built. The 5,000hp tug, designed by AG McIlwain, was launched from the North Vancouver shores at ABD Shipyards. While it is not uncommon to find 5,000hp tugs in harbours across the globe, the Kootenay is remarkable in that she is less than 20 metres long. Other tugs of similar horsepower and performance are much larger and are not nearly as nimble.

06 Oct 2011

Mill Log Marine Partnership with Thordon Bearings

Mill Log Marine announces Thordon Bearings components are now available in British Columbia. Mill Log Marine, Burnaby, BC (www.milllog.com) announced that Thordon Bearings Inc. (www.thordonbearings.com) has collaborated with its Burnaby, BC distributorship to represent Thordon’s environmentally friendly state-of-the-art polymer products in Western Canada. “Mill Log Marine’s reputation, expertise and knowledge of the marine market gives us great confidence in knowing that our products will be strongly supported in western Canada”, added Axel Swanson, Technical Sales Representative, Thordon Bearings Inc. Don Lindsey, Director of Sales & Marketing for Mill Log Marine stated…

19 Jun 2009

Catherwood Towing's New Imp

Catherwood Towing operates a fleet of tugs on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. Owner Ernie Catherwood has built the fleet over the years and has recently been repowering with Cummins engines. In the spring of 2009 Ernie Catherwood took delivery of his first new-build with Cummins KTA19 main engines from Sylte Shipyard Ltd. The Sea Imp IX is 53.6 ft overall with a hefty 22 ft beam and a 9.75 ft draft. As were several of the boats already in the fleet, the new boat was built to a design by West Vancouver based A.

01 Oct 2003

Ports Honored at AAPA Awards Luncheon

Twenty seven ports were recognized today for exemplary projects and initiatives at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) annual Awards Luncheon, held in conjunction with AAPA’s 2003 annual convention in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Winners were announced in the association’s national Communications, Information Technology, Environmental Improvement and Facilities Engineering Competitions. Engraved plaques were bestowed at the ceremony upon the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Portland, winners in of this year’s Information Technology Awards; The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Port of Portland, the Virginia Port Authority and the Port of Tacoma, winners of the Environmental Improvement Awards; the Port of Vancouver, U.S.A.

28 Mar 2007

Grooms Receives AAPA PPM Certification

Jesse Grooms, Jr., risk manager for Virginia International Terminals, Inc., in Norfolk, on March 20 received the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Professional Port Manager (PPM) certification. AAPA’s 2007 board chairman, Capt. Allen O. Domaas, PPM, president and CEO of Canada’s Fraser River Port Authority in New Westminster, B.C., presented the coveted award to Mr. Grooms at the Association’s annual “Washington People” Luncheon, in Washington, D.C. AAPA made the award presentation immediately following a keynote address by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, which attracted about 325 port and government officials from throughout the Western Hemisphere.

24 Sep 1999

Yacht-Like Dive Charter Boat for B.C. Waters

The dive charter business continues to grow on the B.C. coast, in most cases utilizing a range of converted vessels. Now one company, Lever Diving, is having a purpose built craft constructed for the 2000 season. Building at Sylte Shipyards on the Fraser River at Maple Ridge, British Columbia, the all steel 116 x 27-ft. boat is designed with a yacht profile and more than 4,000 ft. of interior space. In addition to crew accommodation, the vessel will provide two executive suites, nine private staterooms with head and shower and six dorm bunks with shared head and shower. Classed for Canadian Coast Guard Home Trade III with berthed passengers, the boat will have both a crane and a built in stern ramp for launching and recovering tenders. It will carry a 38-ft.

29 May 2003

Canada Maritime’s Pacific Gateway Service Makes Strong Start

Canada Maritime's new weekly transpacific service has started off with the first Canada Maritime Asian export containers being shipped on TMM Guadalajara from Shanghai. On arrival at the Fraser Surrey Dock within the Fraser River Port south of Vancouver later today, she will complete Canada Maritime's first ever eastbound transpacific voyage. Whilst in Fraser Surrey Dock, the 2,100 teu capacity vessel will be renamed Canmar Dynasty. Westbound sailings of Canada Maritime's Pacific Gateway Service started on May 25th when the Santa Giorgina, also 2,100 teu capacity, sailed from Fraser Surrey Dock for a June 7th arrival in Tokyo. The service also calls at, Shanghai, Qingdao and Pusan.

15 May 2003

News: New Tugs Being Finished at Vancouver Shipyard

Seaspan International is having a very attractive pair of new tugs finished up at their Vancouver Shipyardd ivision. The hulls were fabricated in China and shipped across the Pacific by barge. When the two 64 by 23-ft. tugs are completed with the addition of machinery and deckhouses, they will be the result of several years design and planning that included significant input from the operations end of the towing company. Over the past 20 years, Canadian tonnage regulations have created a generation of beamy 50-footers in British Columbia. These new boats have gone beyond this limit to define a new generation of tug with a fine longer double-chined hull. The hull has a molded depth held to 10.4-ft.

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