AWO, policymakers welcome COI compliance milestone

AWO, policymakers welcome COI compliance milestone

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators (AWO) welcomed the arrival of a historic milestone for transportation safety on July 19, when all tugboats and towboats in the United States must carry a Coast Guard-issued certificate of inspection (COI) to operate. Tuesday's deadline for 100 percent COI compliance signals full implementation of the Subchapter M towing vessel safety regulations, the…
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Cook Inlet Tug & Barge adds Dr. Hank Kaplan to fleet

Cook Inlet Tug & Barge adds Dr. Hank Kaplan to fleet

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The harbor tugboat Dr. Hank Kaplan has joined the Cook Inlet Tug & Barge fleet. The tug entered service in Alaska earlier this month. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., this RAmparts 2400 series tug has 5,350 horsepower and was the first built in North America with Caterpillar integrated propulsion systems featuring Cat engines and z-drives. Cat also…
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Master Boat delivers another Rotortug to Seabulk

Master Boat delivers another Rotortug to Seabulk

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders (MBB) on Thursday announced that Hermes, an advanced Rotortug (ART 90-98US), was delivered to Seabulk earlier this month. The vessel was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and built at MBB’s yard in Coden, Ala. Hermes has an overall length of 98.5 feet, beam of 43.5 feet, and bollard pull of 80 tons. It features…
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Vane Brothers fleet completes Subchapter M compliance

Vane Brothers fleet completes Subchapter M compliance

(BALTIMORE) — Demonstrating the company’s commitment to safety, Vane Brothers has announced that 100 percent of its tugboats have earned a valid certificate of inspection (COI) as part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Subchapter M program. Subchapter M refers to federally regulated safety standards for “inspected towing vessels.” All applicable vessels are required to earn a valid COI by July.…
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Signet tug guides MSC ship to Ready Reserve duty

Signet tug guides MSC ship to Ready Reserve duty

(NEWPORT NEWS, Va.) — The tugboat Signet Warhorse II towed Military Sealift Command’s large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off (LMSR) ship USNS Yano (T-AKR 297) from Newport News Marine Terminal to Beaumont, Texas, where the vessel will permanently join the U.S. Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force (RRF). Powered by two EMD 20-710G7B turbo diesels that produce a total of 16,500 horsepower, Signet Warhorse…
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