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Bugsier's First Order with Damen

ASD 2411 - Artist Impression

BugsierReedereican look back on a history that spans over a century. The company, with the largest tug fleet under German flag,will celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2016, and will also mark the delivery of the newly purchased Damen ASD 2411. The tug, to be delivered from Damen Shipyards Sharjah, will be named Bugsier 22 and serve as a harbour tug in German ports. With a strong tug fleet, Bugsier has been catering to the offshore oil and gas industry for decades as well as the thriving offshore wind energy market.

Donjon Purchases Tug

New Donjon Tug, Meagan Ann, formerly Scorpius

Donjon Marine Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging and related emergency response services, has purchased the tugboat, the 81-ft.Meagan Ann, formerly the Scorpius, from Constellation Maritime, a subsidiary of Foss Maritime.  The Meagan Ann is a twin-engine, 2,250 hp coastal towing tug, built in 1975 and rebuilt in 1988. The Meagan Ann will join Donjon’s tug fleet and support its marine transportation and dredging operations.

Crowley Expands Tug Business in Northern California

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it has purchased the tug boat business of SeaRiver Maritime in Northern California, effectively doubling the size of Crowley's tug fleet in the San Francisco Bay Area. The two new Crowley tugs are the Goliah (4400 BHP) and Resolute (6800 BHP), two azimuth stern drive tractor tugs built in 1997 and 1996, respectively. The purchase of SeaRiver follows Crowley's reentry into the Bay Area in 2004 and the subsequent relocation of Crowley's Oakland terminal from 10th Avenue to Berth 9 at the port in 2006. That move helped put the company's tugs closer to its customers and allowed them

Donjon’s Tug Fleet Continues to Grow

Photo courtesy Donjon Marine Co., Inc.

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a global marine services provider based in N.J., announced that Donjon has added the 2,700 hp twin screw tug Sarah Ann (ex-June K) to its expanding tug fleet. The 78 by 26 by 10.5-ft tug, with twin CAT 3512B diesels and a nine-ft draft, was built in 2003 by A&B Shipyard, Amelia, La. Designed principally for ship handling and assist work, barge towing and dredge assist, the tug’s draft is shallow enough to navigate the many creeks and estuaries throughout the Port of New York region.

Hope Services Delivers M/V Lisa Marie

Photo courtesy Hope Services, Inc.

On December 17, 2009, the M/V Lisa Marie departed Hope Services Shipyard to join La Crosse, Wisconsin, based Brennan Marine’s tug fleet. The new towboat was delivered on schedule a common practice for Hope Service’s shipyard that has a five month turnaround on this type of tug classification. The 72 ft by 30 ft push tug has a 10 ft depth and 29 ft eye height. The three deck vessel is outfitted with two new Tier II type engines carrying a vessel rating of 2000 hp. The M/V Lisa Marie is the second vessel built by Hope for J.F. Brennan this year.

Hope Delivers Vessel to J.F. Brennan

On June 19, 2009,the M/V Roger Binsfeld departed from Hope Services Inc.’s Dulac, LA shipyard to join J.F. Brennan’s tug fleet in La Crosse, WI. The new towboat was built ahead of schedule - a common practice for Hope Service’s shipyard that is averaging delivery of six new hulls a year. The 72 ft x 30 ft push tug has a 10 ft depth and 29 ft eye height and is outfitted with two new Tier 2 type engines carrying a vessel rating of 2000 HP. The M/V Roger Binsfeld was built with extra reinforcement in its push knees and hull and will begin working for Brennan in St.

Shannon Tugs Signs Three-Year Extension

Shannon Tugs, a 50/50 joint venture between Cory Towage and Marine Transport Services, has signed a three-year extension to its existing contract with Foynes Port Authority. The company has upgraded its tug fleet to accommodate larger vessels, which are expected to be calling at Foynes. Currently expanding its facilities, the Port of Foynes has just finished a $16.6 million extension to its main jetty, bringing the quay length to 886 ft. (270 m). An additional $3.3 million will be used for dredging and new navigation lights, according to FPA's harbormaster, Captain Senan Histon.

9 new Voith Water Tractors for safety at Mexican OTs

Voith Water Tractors

Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos) invests in a modern tug fleet. Voith was awarded to supply the propulsion for nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) which are to enhance the safety of oil tankers entering and clearing port at several terminals as of 2016. During an extensive selection process, the vessels powered by two Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP) stood out with regard to their low susceptibility to debris. The Spanish Shipyard ARMON (Astilleros Armón) will provide the project with it’s own in-house design using VWT configuration…

PEMEX Invests in Nine Voith Water Tractors

Photo courtesy of Voith

Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos) invests in a modern tug fleet. Voith was awarded to supply the propulsion for nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) which are to enhance the safety of oil tankers entering and clearing port at several terminals as of 2016. During an extensive selection process, the vessels powered by two Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP) stood out with regard to their low susceptibility to debris. The Spanish Shipyard ARMON (Astilleros Armón) will provide the project with it’s own in-house design using VWT configuration…

Ayton Cross Arrival Boosts Wijsmuller Fleet

Wijsmuller Marine has accepted the first of two azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tractor tugs from the Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Zamacona. Following a crew familiarization period, the Ayton Cross is expected to be in full service by the middle of the month. The second tug, Ormesby Cross, is to be delivered by Zamacona before the end of the year. Both tugs will be based on the River Tees from where the Wijsmuller tug fleet covers both the Tees and the port of Hartlepool. With a bollard pull of 60 tons each, the two new tugs will be the most powerful units in the fleet and will allow Wijsmuller to transfer one of its existing Tees tractor tugs, Yarm Cross, to its Tyne operation.

Damen Tugs Renew Towmar Baltic UAB fleet

TAK 10 TAK 11

Towage operator Towmar Baltic UAB recently renewed its fleet with two new Damen ASD Tugs 2810. The ship assistance and marine service company provides services to customers calling at the Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) and the Port of Liepaja (Latvia) in the Baltic Sea region. TAK 10 and TAK 11 will operate in both ports. Managing Director of Towmar Baltic, Tomas Zabulionis, explains why the company chose Damen. “We have had a lot of experience with Damen tugs over the years. The most important reason Towmar Baltic ordered these tugs, is reliable performance," he said.

Moran and Washburn & Doughty Unveil New Build Program

On August 29, 2006, Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut and Washburn & Doughty Shipyard of East Boothbay, Maine signed a Letter of Commitment for the construction of six additional tug boats. These vessels will follow the two 5100 hp 92 ASDs and two 121 Intercon Tugs currently under construction at Washburn & Doughty for Moran. Moran Towing anticipates building six 92 ASDs for its ship docking fleet, but has reserved the right to build alternative vessels, including Intercon Tugs or 98 ASDs, if necessary. The construction of all eleven vessels reflects Moran¢s steadfast commitment to provide its customers with the most powerful, technologically advanced and reliable tug fleet in the industry according to Paul Tregurtha, Moran¢s Chairman & CEO.

Moran and Washburn & Doughty Unveil Newbuild Program

On August 29, 2006 Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut and Washburn & Doughty Shipyard of East Boothbay, Maine signed a Letter of Commitment for the construction of six additional tug boats. These vessels will follow the two 5100 HP 92’ ASDs and two 121’ Intercon Tugs currently under construction at Washburn & Doughty for Moran. Moran Towing anticipates building six 92’ ASDs for its ship docking fleet, but has reserved the right to build alternative vessels, including Intercon Tugs or 98’ ASDs, if necessary. The construction of all ten vessels reflects Moran’s steadfast commitment to provide its customers with the most powerful, technologically advanced and reliable tug fleet in the industry, according to Paul Tregurtha, Moran’s Chairman and CEO.

New Tugboat for UK Trucker – River Transport Beats Road

Stan Tug SWS Essex: Photo crdedit Damen Shipyards

Damen Stan Tug 1205 SWS Essex was delivered to the Walsh & Sons Head Office in Brentwood (UK) who ordered the Stan Tug as part of their strategy to transport more cargo by water than by road. In the near future, the total transport capacity of Walsh’s lorry fleet will be exceeded by tug and barge transport. Walsh is a recycling and construction company specialized in civil engineering, demolition, disposal of materials, environmental projects and Thames River dredging projects.

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. With the agreement in place the new vessel, named the SST Portobelo, is now underway to join the 11-strong Saam Smit tug fleet in Panama. The SST Portobelo is the first ASD 2411 for Saam Smit in Panama. In October 2015, the company placed an order for an ASD Tug 2913, named the SST Rambala, which was delivered in May 2016.

Westar Chooses Cummins Tier 2

With a diverse fleet of 18 tugs, eight water taxis and 20 barges; 's Westar Marine Services is one of 's premier construction support companies. Their tug fleet will be 50% Cummins-powered when their good-looking boat Taurus goes back in service. While the fleet includes a range of Cummins engines from 14 to 38 liter models, the current repower will install a pair of Tier 2 compliant Cummins QSK19M engines for a total of 1320 hp at 1,800 rpm.The Taurus is 75 x 24-ft. model bow tug that is kept busy on a variety of jobs around and offshore the west coast. Not only will the repower extend the service life of the vessel it will significantly reduce emissions.

Damen Delivers Stan Tug 1205 to S. Walsh & Sons

The Damen SWS Essex (Photo: Damen)

The Damen Stan Tug 1205 ‘SWS Essex’ was delivered to the Walsh & Sons Head Office in Brentwood (UK) last week. Walsh ordered the Stan Tug as part of their strategy to transport more cargo by water than by road. In the near future, the total transport capacity of Walsh’s lorry fleet will be exceeded by tug and barge transport. Walsh is a recycling and construction company, specialized in civil engineering, demolition, disposal of materials, environmental projects and Thames River dredging projects.

Crowley Maritime Promote Scott Hoggarth V-P

Scott Hoggarth: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley inform that Scott Hoggarth has been promoted to vice president, West Coast harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. He has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley’s tug services offered in major U.S. West Coast ports. Hoggarth has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley’s tug services offered in major U.S. West Coast ports.

Two Mooring Tugs Delivered to NSW

Photo: Damen

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has delivered two new Qatari-built mooring tugs to towage operator Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller (NSW). The delivery of the two ASD 2810 tugs is part of a seven-vessel order that the yard is currently working on for NSW. The first of the new tugs, named Umm Al Shubrum, completed sea trials in Ras Laffan in mid-January 2015. She was followed in February by the second vessel, Al Kharsaah. Both vessels will operate as part of Nakilat NSW’s growing fleet. NSW currently operates more than 30 vessels and performs 12,500 tug jobs per year.

Damen Delivers ASD Tug to Intertug

Damen’s Tanok tug (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards has delivered the ASD 3213 ‘Tanok’ to Colombian tug operator Intertug S.A. Intertug operates the country’s most modern tug fleet in terms of horsepower and fleet age. The Damen ASD 3213 has a bollard pull of 86.5 t and 80 t astern and is one of the most powerful harbor tugs in the world. In addition, Intertug ordered an ASD 3212, which will be delivered from Damen Shipyards Galati (Romania) at the end of May, 2012. The booming Latin American market meant that Intertug needed the vessel as soon as possible. Damen could offer a delivery time, from stock, of just two weeks.

Cortland Australia Bags Singapore Contract

Photo: Cortland Australia

Engineered rope specialist Cortland Australia said it has secured a contract to supply Singapore’s ASL Shipyards with high performance Plasma 12x12 towlines for BHP Billiton Towage Services’s new fleet of six RAstar85 ASD escort tugs. The specifically developed ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene Plasma (HMPE) ropes will be the largest used on-board escort tugs in Australia. They will be deployed in Port Hedland, Western Australia. ASL is currently building six escort tugs…

Bourbon Orders 12 New Harbor Tugs

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Eleven Companies Seek to Buy Tug Malta Share

According to Di-ve news, Malta’s Ministry for Investment, Industry and Information Technology (MITI) announced that the process for the sale of the Government 73.72% shareholding in Tug Malta Limited got underway as eleven companies in the towage and salvage operations signed a confidentiality agreement with the Privatization Unit and collected the Request for Proposals (RFP) document which outlines what is expected in the detailed bids that these companies should submit for the acquisition of the Government's share. Tug Malta services have recently been reformed and regulated by newly revised legislation. The company was nationalized out of the private companies that used to run the business prior to 1980.

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