Great Lakes Tugs are Unsung Icebreaking Heroes
After one of the five coldest Decembers in recorded history, The Great Lakes Towing Company is finishing up one of its busiest seasons in recent history of icebreaking on the Great Lakes. While the U.S. Coast Guard's role in assisting ships through the ice of the Great Lakes is relatively well-known, few people outside the marine industry realize that U.S. Coast Guard assistance is provided mainly in the federally-maintained navigation channels, and that commercial tugboats with icebreaking capability, and their dedicated crews, assist as many, if not more, ships in harbors throughout the lakes each winter season. During the 2000-2001 winter to date, the tugboats of The Great Lakes Towing Company, an affiliate of The Great Lakes Group, have performed 290 vessels icebreaking assists.
GLTT to Receive WIRE-Net Mission Builder Award
WIRE-Net has selected The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard as one of the four local manufacturing companies to receive this year’s Mission Builder Awards. WIRE-Net is a Cleveland, Ohio company whose mission is to strengthen manufacturing to create healthy communities and fuel economic growth by providing support for manufacturing improvement and human resource management, training and education. Winners have been chosen for investing in Northeast Ohio, through plant expansion, job creation, or new business growth.
U.S. Awards $1 Million to Great Lakes Towing
Cleveland - The U.S. Maritime Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it had awarded a $1,068,474 grant from the Small Shipyard Grant Program to The Great Lakes Towing Company and its Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio. The grant from the Maritime Administration will provide Great Lakes Shipyard, which is operated by The Great Lakes Towing Company, with funds to enhance lighting and purchase a burn table, a scissor lift, welding equipment, scaffolding, air skids, a boom lift, a generator and a self-propelled transporter. Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Towing Company, operates a full-service shipyard, specializing in new construction, repairs, and modifications of all types of vessels and barges.
The Great Lakes Towing Company Completes Contract
The Great Lakes Towing Company has completed a contract with American International Line to deliver six FRP tanks to Alpena, Michigan. The tanks were shipped aboard the M/V Copenhagen which sailed from India. The vessel arrived at the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Dock on Tuesday, October 23. It was there that the tanks were then loaded onto a barge. The Great Lakes Towing Company tug OHIO towed the barge from Cleveland, Ohio to Alpena, Michigan where the tanks were delivered to Lafarge Corporation.
Laker Assisted to Repair Yard After Tow, Ice-breaking
The Great Lakes Towing Company and McKeil Marine recently performed a joint assist on the 'CSL Assinboine', a 739-foot laker in Canadian Steamship Company’s fleet. The Great Lakes Towing Company tug North Carolina departed Duluth and met McKeil Marine’s tug Leonard M with the CSL Assiniboine in tow. The North Carolina assisted the laker on the stern while the Leonard M towed the vessel on the bow. Upon rrival at Duluth, the Leonord M was released, then the Great Lakes Towing Company's tugs North Carolina…
Grounded Laker Refloated in Duluth
M/V Paul R. M/V Paul R. Tregurtha was refloated by The Great Lakes Towing Company Tugs Kentucky and Minnesota under the command of two Duluth veteran Towing Company Captains, Martin Lightner and George LaTour, on Saturday evening, September 20, after the loaded vessel went aground at approximately 3:15 p.m. in Duluth, Minnesota Saturday afternoon. The Interlake Steamship Company Laker, M/V Paul R. Tregurtha, was built in 1981 and can carry up to 68,000 gross tons of taconite pellets or 71,000 net tons of coal.
Great Lakes Towing Frees Stranded Freighter
Great Lakes Towing Company tugboats 'Wyoming' & 'Idaho' free the grounded freighter Spruceglen in Lake St. Claire. The Great Lakes Towing Company, which celebrates 115 years of service this year, 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.
Great Lakes Towing Assists Disabled USCG Vessel
The Great Lakes Towing Company came to the aid of the United States Coast Guard Monday night in the St. Marys River just two miles east of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Sector Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. The 140-foot Bay-class Icebreaking Tug Katmai Bay (WTGB 101) was dead in the icy waters and required towing assistance to its homeport dock. Around 10:45pm Monday night, The Towing Company Tug Missouri was dispatched to break ice and assist the USCGC Katmai Bay back to its dock two hours later. The Tug Missouri is also homeported in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to assist vessels through the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers locks and to provide emergency rescue assistance and icebreaking when needed. The locks connect Lake Superior to Lake Huron.
Great Lakes Towing Company Leadership Changes
Joseph Starck Jr. will take over as President of Great Lakes Towing Company. Starck joined the towing company in 1991 and was most recently its Vice President – Engineering. Since April 2009, he has also been President of the company’s shipyard division, which operates under the name Great Lakes Shipyard. Starck has been successfully leading all new construction and repair contracts for the company's Shipyard business, and will now be responsible for all of the towing company’s tugboat and shipyard activities on the Great Lakes. Starck is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College, and has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. George Sogor was named Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.
Dedication & Delivery Ceremony of New USGS Vessels
Two 17-knot high-speed research vessels for the U.S. Geological Survey are to be dedicated at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. R/V KAHO and R/V MUSKIE will replace two of the USGS’s oldest research vessels by the same names that are currently operating on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, respectively. The USCG’s five-vessel fleet supports missions that collect and analyze oceanographic and fisheries information. The U.S. Department of Interior’s U.S.
Naming Ceremony for Tugboat HANDY-THREE
A newly constructed tugboat, HANDY-THREE, is to be ceremoniously named at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The tugboat has been sold to Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Representative of Northern Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, will be the Sponsor and Principal Speaker for the tugboat HANDY-THREE. The vessel is the third of a class of Handy Size tugboats designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, Seattle, Washington.
Gov’t Officials Tour Great Lakes Shipyard
U.S. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez traveled to Cleveland on Monday, June 6, to meet with Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Chairman Ronald Rasmus of The Great Lakes Towing Company and members of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board to discuss the crucial role that sector strategic partnerships play in equipping workers with the skills they need to compete in today’s labor market. “Sector strategies” are employer-driven partnerships of industry…
Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard Announces Hiring Push
The Great Lakes Towing Company & Great Lakes Shipyard announced it is now hiring with 50 jobs currently available. The shipyard is now seeking candidates to fill a range of positions including naval architects, shipyard welders and pipe fitters, project managers and more. The Great Lakes Towing Company, owner and operator of a fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River Seaway, and Great Lakes Shipyard, a full-service ship repairs and construction operation on the Great Lakes…
World's Third Largest Boast Hoist Delivered
Ohio Company expands woith world's third largest mobile boat hoist. The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard purchase a Marine Travelift 700C. The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard expanded their marine transportation, construction-repair and marine logistics business with the acquisition of a Marine Travelift 700C mobile boat hoist. The new 770-ton mobile boat hoist is the largest on the Great Lakes and the third largest in the world (next to the Marine Travelift 1000-ton in Norfolk, Virginia and Marine Travelift 800-ton in Singapore).
Great Lakes Towing and Shipyard Add Two New Tugs
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.
Tug Fleet Overhaul Commences
The Great Lakes Towing Company has commenced a major overhaul program for its Great Lakes fleet of 37 harbor assist tugboats. The ILLINOIS is the first of the Company’s tugs to undergo this overhaul at the Company’s new Cleveland shipyard. The new 770-ton Travelift; the largest on the Great Lakes, second largest in the Western Hemisphere, and the third largest in the World; permits the yard to “dry dock” on land several vessels at a time. The Great Lakes Towing Company operates the largest fleet of tugs on the Great Lakes serving 40 ports and has been in continuous business for 113 years.
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.
Great Lakes Towing Celebrates 100th Anniversary in Detroit
The Great Lakes Towing Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary providing tugboat services in the port of Detroit. The company's founding shareholders include many of the nation's great industrialists, including John D. Rockefeller and James R. Sinclair. In continuous business for 100 years, it has been a significant marine operations link in one of the major economic lifelines of North America. The company owns and operates more than 50 tugboats. In fact, it is the largest U.S-flag tugboat company engaged in towing on the Great Lakes. Four tugboats - Wyoming, Wisconsin, Vermont and Pennsylvania - are assigned to harbor towing services in Detroit, with additional tugs coming from Toledo available to meet surges and emergency needs.
Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Guatemalan Harbor Tug
U.S. shipbuilding and repair yard Great Lakes Shipyard informs it has signed a contract to build another of its HandySize Class, 3,400 HP twin-screw tugboat for harbor towing operations in Puerto Quetzal, a commercial cargo, container and cruise port located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala in Central America. The tugboat’s buyer, Regimen de Pensiones y Jubilaciones del Personal de la Empresa Portuaria, is a Pension Benefits Plan for Port employees and retirees who operate a…
Great Lakes Towing Company Adds 4 Harbor Tugs
The Great Lakes Towing Company, which operates the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Seaway, has announced the addition of four more tugboats to its fleet. The four newly purchased tugs will be named after four of the Great Lakes; Tug Michigan, Tug Huron, Tug Ontario and Tug Erie. The company’s Tug Superior has been in service for years, operating in the Port of Detroit. “These four tugs will be immediately added to the fleet, and provide some new life and operational stability to our day-to-day business…
Great Lakes Shipyard Begins Workboat Construction
At Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, OH, the laying of the keel marks the start of construction on a 60-foot work boat for the Port of Milwaukee. The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin awarded the contract in June 2011. The vessel is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, Seattle, WA, the vessel’s capabilities will include general harbor work, icebreaking, salvage and dive operations. The stem and hull shape will be strengthened to optimize performance in ice.
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 marine industry and enable them to be successful in college, careers, and life. St. Martin de Porres, a Cleveland-based Cristo Rey Network school, aims to “to transform urban Cleveland one student at a time” by offering college preparatory education to students of modest economic means.
Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Damen Tugs
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, and will replace existing tonnage.