Bisso launches new tug, receives ISM certification

On November 04, 2008, Bisso Towboat Co., Inc. received ISM Certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) of our Safety Management System pertaining to the operations of our office and tugs. ISM Certification, which goes above and beyond what is required by regulation in the United States, is evidence of our systematic approach to safety and pollution prevention. We are the only Mississippi River based ship-assist company to achieve this certification.

On November 05, 2008, the hull of the ‘Michael S.†was launched at Main Iron Works in Houma, LA. The ‘Michael S.’ is a 4000 HP Reverse Z-drive tractor tug that will be powered by (2) Caterpillar 3516B main engines driving (2) Ulstein Aquamaster US 205 MK2 Azimuthing z-drives. The delivery of the ‘Michael S. is expected in April 2009 and will be the third z-drive tug constructed by Main Iron Works for Bisso in the past ten years.

In addition, we have reached an agreement with Main Iron Works to begin construction of another 4000 HP Reverse Z-drive tractor tug. Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2009.

Founded in 1890, Bisso Towboat Co., Inc. is the oldest continuously operating tugboat company on the Mississippi River and operates the most modern and powerful fleet of ship-assist tugs on the River, featuring 3 reverse z-drive tractor tugs, 2 triple-screw tugs and 7 twin-screw tugs.

By Professional Mariner Staff