Tug Services News

31 May 2020

Med Marine to Build Tug for Port of Mombasa

(Image: Med Marine)

Turkish tugboat builder, towage and pilotage operator Med Marine said it has signed a deal with Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to build and deliver a new 42-meter tugboat for the Port of Mombasa.The vessel is scheduled to enter service in East Africa’s largest port in 2021 as part of the KPA’s equipment modernization and maintenance program aiming to enhance efficiency at the port.The vessel design is from the RAstar ASD tug series by Canada’s Robert Allan Ltd. The new RAstar 4200 with a bollard pull of 120 metric tons, ranking it among the most powerful tugs Robert Allan Ltd.

22 Aug 2018

Three Generations Backed by Four Mitsubishi Engines

Sonny J (Photo: Laborde Products)

The female dynasty of Vidalia Dock and Storage are no strangers to the Murky Mississippi, nor the advantage of a Mitsubishi powered vessel. When it came to repowering the Sonny J., Vidalia Dock knew right where to go.Purchased in early 2018, the vessel was fitted with a pair of 600HP Cummins K19 engines. With the goal of EPA Tier compliance and engine reliability, Laborde Products provided two fully mechanical Mitsubishi S6R-Y3MPTAW Tier III engines for the 65x24 vessel; these engines are rated 684HP @1800RPM each with Twin Disc 7:1 transmissions.

04 Dec 2017

WFW Advises Italian Shipowners on Partnership with Gigilinis

Image: Gigilinis Shipping Group

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) advised three leading Italian shipowners -Rimorchiatori Mediterranei, Gesmar and Fratelli Neri – on their partnership agreement with Thessaloniki-based Greek maritime operator Gigilinis Shipping Group. The deal closed on 29 November. The deal represents a strategic milestone in Italian ship owners’ expansion into the Greek and broader Eastern Mediterranean markets, most notably into the key port of Thessaloniki. Rimorchiatori Mediterranei is the leading player in the harbour towage sector in Italy…

10 Aug 2017

Third Dual-fuel Tug for Østensjø Rederi

(Photo: GONDAN)

After completing its sea trials, AUDAX, the third dual fuel tug ever built in Europe, has been delivered to its owner, the Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi A/S. The first tug of this kind built in Europe, DUX, was delivered by the company last May, and the second one, PAX, was delivered in July. Designed by Canadian company Robert Allan Ltd. these state-of-the-art vessels, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam, will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya under severe weather conditions.

10 Jul 2017

Dual Fuel Tug Delivered to Østensjø Rederi

Photo: Gondan

After completing its sea trials program, Pax, the second dual fuel tug ever built in Europe, has been delivered to its owner, the Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi A/S. The first tug of this kind built in Europe, Dux, was delivered by the company last May. The vessel is the first tugboat of a series of three. Built by Spanish shipbuilder Gondan and designed by Canadian company Robert Allan Ltd. the new escort tug, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam, will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil…

25 May 2017

Gondan Delivers Dual Fuel Tug

Photo: Gondan

After completing its sea trials program, DUX, the first dual fuel tug ever built in Europe, was delivered yesterday to its owner, the Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi A/S. This vessel is the first tugboat of a series of three. Designed by the Canadian company Robert Allan Ltd., the new escort tug, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam, will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya under severe weather conditions.

25 Jan 2017

FMC Commissioner Doyle Rejects Blanket Authorities for Foreign Ro/Ro Carriers

William P. Doyle

Commissioner William P. Doyle Votes to reject joint contracting authority for Ro/Ro foreign carriers to negotiate collectively for U.S.-Flag tug services. Doyle's Statement, shown below, says new rules go beyond the scope of the Shipping Act and shipping practices harmful to U.S. Today, I voted to disapprove the roll-on roll-off (Ro/Ro) WLL/Eukor/ARC/Glovis Cooperative Working Agreement amendment involving Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS (WWL), Eukor Car Carriers Inc. (Eukor), American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier LLC (ARC), and Hyundai Glovis Co. Ltd. (Glovis) (collectively Parties).

14 Dec 2016

European Built Dual Fuel Tug Launched

Photo GONDAN

The third dual fueled tug ever built in Europe – the last of a series of three currently under construction at Gondan for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi – has been launched at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras. The launching event was attended by representatives from the ship owner, from the charterer of the vessels – Statoil – and from the Canadian designer Robert Allan Ltd. This new escort tug, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meters beam, will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya.

03 Sep 2016

Gondan Launches Second Dual Fuel Tug Built in Europe

The launching of the second dual fuel tug built in Europe

Today at Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, at high tide, the second Dual Fuel tug ever built in Europe – and the second of a series of three currently under construction for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi - has been successfully launched. Designed by the Canadian company Robert Allan, the new escort tug, with 40.2 meters length and 16 meter beam, will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya. Built to withstand freezing cold…

04 Jul 2016

Gondan Launches first Dual Fuel Tug Built in Europe

(Photo: Gondan Shipyard)

Gondan Shipyard in Figueras launched the first Dual Fuel tug ever built in Europe – and the first of a series of three currently under construction for the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi. Designed by Robert Allan, the new escort tug measures 40.2 x 16m, beam, and will provide tug services to Norwegian state-owned energy company Statoil, at the far-north terminal located at Melkøya. Built to withstand freezing cold, the vessel is shaped specifically to grant full operational…

02 Jun 2016

Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Subsidiary Rebranded as SAFEEN

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) in the Emirate, has renamed its subsidiary, Abu Dhabi Marine Services, as ‘SAFEEN’ –meaning ships in Arabic- in a bid to rebrand itself. The announcement was followed closely by the brand winning the prestigious International Safety Management (ISM) certification from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Further, as part of expanding its fleet and improving services…

22 Jul 2015

BHP Billiton Injects $240m into Port Hedland

BHP Billiton has approved $240 million (BHP Billiton share) to purchase six additional tugs and construct a new eight pen Tug Harbour at Hunt Point in the Port Hedland Port. The investment will also include the upgrade of workshop facilities, operational and service berths and two small boat moorings at the existing Nelson Point Tug Harbour. BHP Billiton Iron Ore President, Jimmy Wilson, said, “The project will mitigate the risk of a channel blockage by ensuring the continued safe escort of vessels in and out of the Port Hedland Inner Harbour. The new Tug Harbour improves upon previous designs with the facility requiring minimal dredging and marine-based infrastructure and having less environmental and visual impact.

21 Jul 2015

BHP Will Beef Up Hedland Port, Acquire Tugs

BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it will spend $240 million upgrading its marine iron ore facilities in Western Australia. The funds will be used to purchase six tug boats and build a new tug harbor in the Port Hedland Port, with construction due to be completed in the September 2016 quarter. BHP is expected to show it shipped a record 250 million tonnes of iron ore through the port in fiscal 2015. when it releases its year-end operations report on Wednesday. "This project will enable BHP Billiton to safely meet projected demand for tug services and effectively manage shipping risk for all users of the Port Hedland Port," BHP iron ore division head Jimmy Wilson said in a statement.

21 Jul 2015

BHP to Spend $240 mln on Iron Ore Tug-Boat

Port Hedland. Photo: BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton plans to construct a new eight pen tug harbour at Hunt Point in Port Hedland, as well as purchase six additional tugs, for $US240 million ($A326 million). The investment will also include an upgrade of workshop facilities, operational and service berths and two small boat moorings at the existing Nelson Point tug harbour. The project is expected to create up to 200 jobs in Port Hedland during construction phase. BHP is expected to show it shipped a record 250 million tonnes of iron ore through the port in fiscal 2015 when it releases its year-end operations report on Wednesday.

13 Aug 2014

Woods Hole Group Clinches Multi-Year O&M Contract

Woods Hole Group will be working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services for the operation and maintenance of Physical Oceanographic Real Time System along the East Coast of the USA, and along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas and Louisiana. NOAA PORTS® is a network of sensors in ports and harbors providing access to information improving maritime commerce and safety. * Houston-Galveston, TX (http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ports/index.html?port=hg) Woods Hole Group also was awarded the five year Operation and Maintenance Contract to support four NOAA National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) stations in Texas.

11 Jul 2014

Towage Charges at Darwin to Rise

Towage charges at Darwin, Australia, will increase by 2.9% for A Class Tug services, and 5.8% for C Class Tug services from 1 August. shipping.australia@gac.com

05 Jun 2014

Possible Vancouver Tug Strike – Update

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Tug company operator Seaspan and GUILD (the union representing captains, mates and engineers) have agreed to enter blind arbitration. GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News report. Seaspan will defer the imposition of new terms and GUILD will not take a strike vote. The situation is different, however, with the International Longshoremen Workers' Union (ILWU) representing deckhand and cook. Seaspan has withdrawn the contract imposition. The ILWU, which had voted in favor of strike action, has suspended further action. The union has not agreed to blind arbitration.

21 May 2014

Port Hedland, Australia, Tugboat Strike Update

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BHP Billiton said on Wednesday it may seek government intervention to avert industrial action by tugboat workers at the Port Hedland iron ore port that threatens to disrupt hundreds of millions of dollars in exports. "It's highly likely we would do that," Jimmy Wilson, president of BHP's iron ore division, told reporters amid a long-running dispute between union workers and port services operator Teekay Shipping, which charges BHP a fee for operating tug services. BHP also called the union's demands on pay and working conditions "unreasonable".

03 Apr 2014

FMC Commissioner Approves Amended G6 Alliance Agreement

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has voted in favor of the amended G6 Alliance Agreement. Commissioner Doyle highlighted the U.S.-Flag international trade, U.S. mariner jobs and environmental benefits. He also pointed out concerns on some language in the amendment on how the G6 Parties may handle discussions and agreements with tug operators. "I am in favor of not taking any further action to delay the implementation of the amended G6 Alliance Agreement that was filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) on December 2, 2013.

26 Feb 2014

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.

30 Sep 2013

Offshore Service Vessels

Singapore’s Jaya delivers new deepwater PSV.

Flexible fuels, Bold designs ... Eastern Shipbuilding Group has arguably been one of the more progressive and aggressive U.S. builders of high-spec Offshore Service Vessels in recent years, winning a number of high-profile contracts for operators globally. Eastern recently delivered M/V HOS Red Dawn and christened M/V HOS Renaissance, both for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. HOS Red Dawn (H201) – now delivered – was launched on February 15, 2013. HOS Red Rock (H202) was launched April 19, 2013, and is currently at Eastern completing final outfitting, regulatory and DP-2 trials.

20 Aug 2013

PORTS System to be Installed in Jacksonville

Photo: NOAA

Woods Hole Group will be working with the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange (JMTX) for the installation, operations and maintenance of a large-scale Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS) in Jacksonville, Florida. NOAA PORTS is a network of sensors in ports and harbor providing access to information that improves maritime commerce and safety. Upon completion, JXPORTS networks will be the second largest PORTS installation in the country. It will provide invaluable information to the users of St.

05 Aug 2013

Topaz Expands Caspian Presence

Caspian Provider, a 6,300 BHP platform supply vessel operating in Topaz’s Caspian fleet

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel owner with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, announced that it has secured new multi-year charters in the Russian Filanovsky project for nine of its offshore support vessels amounting to approximately $20 million. The vessels have been deployed to offshore contractor Saipem and will support the development of the Filanovsky oil and gas field in the Northern Caspian Sea. The vessels will provide anchor-handling and tug services as well as transport of supplies and personnel.

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