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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tugboat News

Portland Tugboat and McAllister Towing - A Blended Family Business

On Thursday, March 14, Captain Arthur Fournier, founder of the 54-year old Portland Tugboat and Shipdocking Company, rocked the tugboat world when he, along with Captain Brian McAllister, founder of McAllister Towing and Transportation, announced that the two companies would merge together as one. According to an industry source, the announcement, which was made by the heads of both family-owned businesses at the Port of Portland Propeller Club's monthly meeting, defines a new generation in the growing tugboat industry. Also present for the announcement were president Brian McAllister's nephew, A.J., and sons Eric and Buckley, who will continue to serve in their current positions as vice presidents with the company.

MOL to Build Japan's First LNG-Fueled Tugboat

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced the company's decision to build an LNG-fueled tugboat. The new tugboat, the first LNG-fueled tug in Japan, will conform to the IGF code issued in January of this year and is subject to be examined by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. MOL will own the tugboat, slated for construction at Kanagawa Dockyard. Yanmar Co will supply LNG-fueled engines. Osaka Gas will supply LNG fuel to the tugboat. Nihon Tug-Boat will operate the tugboat. The new tugboat will be deployed in Osaka Bay in April 2019.

Tugboats Robbed in Arabian Sea

Pirates had a field day with mechanical and electrical equipment from two out-of-order tugboats that were anchored off the coast of the Arabian Sea near Manora Island. On Feb 24, the Docks Police registered an FIR against four masked men, who robbed the two tugboats. The police said that FIR No 36/06 was registered on the complaint of Ahsan Ali, who is a manager with Old Port (Pvt) Ltd, the company, which owns the tugboats. The Daily Times reported that Ali informed the police that the four men approached his company's boats in two separate vessels. They took the guards stationed at the tugboats hostage and loaded the stuff into their boats. The names of the tugboats are Jawa and Jawa Bosar. The pirates took away motors, some tools and copper and scrap.

Tugboat Ordered for Service in Port of Riga, Latvia

The vessel is due to be delivered to PKL Flote in the summer of 2013. It is planned to operate the new tugboat in Riga port, where PKL Flote already employs a vessel of the same type – Castor – which has already proved itself very well in Riga Port. PKL intends to keep modernizing its fleet. Twelve new tugboats have been constructed over the past several years, operating in Estonia, Finland and Latvia (Ventspils). The new tugboat is designed as an icebreaking class ARC4, which allows it to operate in areas with one-meter-thick ice, and in addition the tugboat is to be equipped with a powerful external fire-fighting system. It will also be possible for PKL Flote to use the vessel to provide escort tugboat services…

Two New Tugboats for APM Terminals Bahrain

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Bahrain, the operator of Khalifa Bin Salman Port, welcome the arrival of two new tugboats to the APM Terminal Bahrain marine fleet. The new tugs were inaugurated at a ceremony on Wednesday, with attendees from the Port and Maritime Affairs, BAPCO, the U.S. Navy and many other Bahraini companies. The Damen Stan 1606 tugboats will provide additional flexibility to meet the growing requirements of the Bahrain shipping community at Khalifa bin Salman Port (KBSP). The two new tugboats, Svitzer Dilmun and Svitzer Tylos, are compact, robust and highly maneuverable.

Statoil Employs Natural Gas Tugs

Statoil to Use Vessels Running on Natural Gas for Eco-Friendly Operations. Statoil has awarded Buksér og Berging a contract for two escort tugboats to service the Kårstø processing plant on behalf of operator Gassco. The deal secures Kårstø new tugboat capacity with innovative technology for more environment-friendly operations. The two escort tugboats will assist the ships calling at Kårstø. Fitted with the latest technology available, both tugboats will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), thereby ensuring more environmentally friendly operation. "These are likely to be the first tugboats in the world to run purely on natural gas. Equipped with first-class oil protection equipment…

Chesapeake Launches Tugboat for Vane Brothers

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers, the builder announced today. The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted. The new tugboat is nearly identical to the previous 10 tugboats built for Vane Brothers - equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic towing winch. Each Chesapeake Shipbuilding tugboat is built in a controlled indoor environment…

Tugboat Upgrade Bolsters Canal Capacity

Eight new Z-Tech tugboats are in store for the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to bolster Canal capacity and provide enhanced towing power. As the number of Panamax size vessel transits increase, the new, more powerful tugboats will provide 82 percent more towing power to navigate these larger vessels. The new tugboats will replace eight of the Canal's current fleet of 24. Three of the new tugboats are scheduled to be delivered in December 2006 and five in January 2008. Commissioned by PSA Marine, the new tugboats were designed by Robert Allan Limited. Representing a breakthrough in tug technology, the Z-Tech, as the new design has been named, combines both the handling of a tractor-style tug and an Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tug. Each Z-Tech tug measures 89 ft. in length overall and 37 ft.

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.

Rotor Tug “RT Zoe”

Container vessels which call at the Port of Hamburg still get larger and larger. In response to that stronger tugboats are being required. As part of its fleet renewal programme harbour service provider Kotug put into service the tug newbuilding “RT Zoe” in the summer of 2006 at the Port of Hamburg. A pulling force of 65 tons makes it to the strongest tugboat at the Port of Hamburg. It exceeds that of usual tugboats by approx. 15 tons. “RT Zoe” is a rotor tug equipped with three propellers under the hull. Two of them are mounted amidships and one is mounted abaft. Each one may be turned independently by 360 degrees, which results in exceptional maneuver characteristics for the tugboat. E.g. the tugboat may be swung sideways and is able to assist.

Panama Canal Prepares Workforce for New Locks

Photo courtesy ACP

As part of the preparations for the expanded Panama Canal, the Board of Inspectors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has certified 12 new tugboat captains after successfully completing training. This is the fourth group of the program which started in 2008 and has certified 47 tugboat captains. This represents 50% of the goal set to meet the demand for the efficient and safe transit of vessels through the new locks of the Panama Canal. “This new generation of tugboat captains reaffirms our commitment to provide an efficient service to our customers,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L.

Tugboat Celebrates 100

The tugboat Heinrich Ludwig was launched 100 years ago on September 4, 1906. Up to today, it is in daily use at the Port of Hamburg for Carl Robert Eckelmann AG. So, as far as known, it is the oldest tugboat still in service. In 1906 it has been built by the Hamburg based shipyard Janssen & Schmilinsky as a steely motor tugboat. In 1956, after 50 years in service its steam engine was replaced by a diesel engine. Since 1996 it is owned by Carl Robert Eckelmann AG, transport and logistics. This tugboat is a positive example for the durability of economic assets. The hull and many other items still are original. This applies as well to the oversized steering-wheel, which nowadays however serves as additional steering-wheel only.

Sailor Saved from Sunken Tugboat

ChinaDaily.com reported that a sailor aboard a sunken tugboat was rescued after a 39-hour stay at the bottom of the Yangtze River. Guo Linyuan, 31, a villager from Yaowan town of Xuzhou, a city in northern Jiangsu Province in East China, was left 14 meters below the water’s surface after an unidentified watercraft crashed into a group of tugboats at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday near Zhenjiang, causing three tugboats to sink to the bottom of the river. As his tugboat sank rapidly, Guo was stuck in the accommodation and found an air-tight space of less than 1 square meter in the room. The Zhenjiang Maritime Safety Administration arrived on the scene and began to carry out the rescue and salvage the wrecks. Guo was saved at 10:40 a.m on Thursday and sent to the hospital.

Panama Canal Authority Acquires New Tugs

Panama President Mireya Moscoso welcomed two new tugboats to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) fleet, both purchased at a cost of $10,768,794. The new units, named Herrera and Los Santos, are made of state-of-the-art technology, and include emergency response equipment and improved operational facilities. Canal Administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta stated: “ The addition of two tugboats, Herrera and Los Santos, are part of the Canal’s permanent modernization program geared towards providing our customers with the best service for their transit through the Canal. High- quality customer service is our first priority and these new tugboats are another example of this commitment.

Panama Canal Reinforces Tug Fleet for Expansion

Photo Courtesy of the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal has increased its tugboat fleet with the arrival of the first two of 14 tugboats that will improve the waterway’s resources to offer a safer and more efficient service to the global shipping industry. These tugboats will strengthen the Canal’s capacity for the operation of the Third Set of Locks. “These new tugboats will allow the Panama Canal to continue offering a world-class service,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quiijano said. Cerro Itamut and Cerro Picacho are part of the new fleet of 14 tractor tugs that will be arriving within the next 12 months from Spain.

New Tug for Vane Brothers

Fishing Creek (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers has taken delivery of the 3,000‐horsepower Fishing Creek, the 13th Maryland-built tugboat to join the Baltimore-based company’s expanding fleet in the last 10 years. Designed by Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC, Fishing Creek is the latest of 20 Sassafras Class tugboats contracted through Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Md. Construction began in 2007 on the first-in‐series tugboat Sassafras, which, when delivered to Vane Brothers in 2008, was considered…

Wilson Sons Delivers Tug SST-Aruá

ASD Tug 2411 SST-Aruá (Photo: Damen)

Wilson Sons shipyard, part of the WilsonSons Group, has delivered yet another tugboat. The SST-Aruá is the second tugboat delivered to SAAM SMIT Towage Brazil and is part of a total order of four vessels. The first of the series the SST-Aimoré was delivered in June this year. "It took just over 18 months to deliver the second tugboat from the moment of signing the contract. In a challenging time for the shipbuilding industry, WilsonSons shipyard could again show their strength and resilience," said Adalberto Souza, director of Wilson Sons shipyard. The SST-Aruá was built in Guarujá (SP).

New Music CD Tells the Stories of Northwest Tugboats

Image courtesy Maritime Folknet

Until now there have not been many songs about West Coast tugboats, but the release of a new CD, “Northwest Tugboat Tales,” helps correct this gap. This CD contains seventeen songs that tell the stories of tugboats from Alaska down to California, with a focus on Washington and British Columbia. Most of the songs are based on true incidents, and all reflect the dramatic lives of the hard-working men and women who operate West Coast tugboats, whose stories are seldom heard by the public.

Panama Canal Tugboat Fleet Expansion

The Panama Canal has increased its tugboat fleet with the arrival of the first two of 14 tugboats, to strengthen the Canal's capacity for the opperation of a third set of locks. The tugboats are part of a new fleet of 14 that will arrive within the next 12 months from Spain. The additional tugs' capacity will assist Post-Panamax vessels transiting the Canal. The update of the Panama Canal tugboat fleet began in 2001, when the waterway had 20 tigs. That figure has now risen to 39, and after retiring tugsreaching the end of their lifespan, by the end of next year, the Canal will have a fleet of 44 tugs. Source: GAC  

Vane Bros. Orders Tugs from Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Photo: Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. announced it has signed contracts with Vane Brothers to build three more ocean going tugs, marking the 18th, 19th and 20th tugboats built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding for Vane Brothers since 2008. The new contract will continue Chesapeake’s steady output of Vane tugs as the shipyard currently has three tugboats under construction for Vane Brothers. The design of the three new tugboats will be nearly identical to previous tugboats built for Vane Brothers.

New Tug for Saam Smit Towage in Canada

Saam Smit Towage Canada takes delivery of new built tug SST Capilano, to be added to the fleet of 21 tugs operated in British Columbia. The addition of this tug will further strengthen the fleet that Saam Smit Towage operates in British Columbia. Saam Smit Towage (SST), a joint venture between SAAM and Royal Boskalis and operating in various locations in the Americas, has taken delivery of a new tugboat to join its fleet of 21 tugboats in British Columbia. The vessel, SST Capilano, is named after Chief Joe Capilano, a renowned historic leader of the Squamish First Nation and an early champion of First Nations’ rights at the turn of the 20th Century.

Vane Brothers Welcomes Latest Tug Newbuild

Kings Point (Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers)

The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has taken delivery of Kings Point, the latest in a wave of Maryland-built tugboats. Constructed under the supervision of Vane Senior Port Captain Jim Demske, Kings Point is the 10th of 14 “Sassafras Class” tugboats contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Maryland. Kings Point also has a sister tug, Fort Schuyler, that was launched by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in April and is expected to be delivered this summer.

Saam Smit Towage Bolsters Americas Fleet

SST Capilano (Photo: Saam Smit Towage)

Saam Smit Towage, a joint venture between SAAM S.A. and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. providing towage services in Mexico, Canada, Panama and Brazil, announced it has invested in fleet renewal in Canada and Panama. The company’s Canadian arm has taken delivery of newbuild tug SST Capilano, to be added to the fleet of 21 tugs operated in British Columbia. For Panama, meanwhile, a newbuild tug to be named SST Rambala has been ordered from Damen Shipyards and will be delivered in March, 2016.

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