Master Marine delivers fourth pushboat in series to Plimsoll

Master Marine delivers fourth pushboat in series to Plimsoll

(LAPLACE, La.) — Master Marine Inc. has delivered the 67-by-28-foot Steel Skipper to Plimsoll Marine, the fourth pushboat that the builder is scheduled to deliver to the operator. All four were designed by Entech Designs LLC and are fully compliant with all U.S. Coast Guard regulatory requirements. “Plimsoll Marine strives to provide the Lower Mississippi River with premier pushboat services…
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Keel laying held for two RAL TRAktor tugs bound for Kuwait

Keel laying held for two RAL TRAktor tugs bound for Kuwait

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Grandweld Shipyards in Dubai held a keel-laying ceremony Jan. 26 for two of four high-performance TRAktor 2700-Z tugs, hull numbers H185 and H186, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL). The tugs were ordered by Specialities Construction for General Trading and Contracting Co. (SCC) and will be operated by the Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) in Shuwaikh Port.…
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Chesapeake delivers final push tug in series to Vane Brothers

Chesapeake delivers final push tug in series to Vane Brothers

(BALTIMORE) — Vane Brothers took delivery this month of the final boat in a series of four 3,000-horsepower Salisbury-class push tugs. Named Charles Hughes, Vane’s newest addition is the 20th Maryland-built towing vessel to join the company's fleet since 2008. Designed and constructed by Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Md., Vane’s Salisbury-class push tugs have a molded depth of only 10.5…
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Blakeley delivers pushboat Green Wave to Plimsoll Marine

Blakeley delivers pushboat Green Wave to Plimsoll Marine

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Blakeley BoatWorks recently completed construction of M/V Green Wave, an advanced Subchapter M inland pushboat. Owned by Plimsoll Marine, the vessel will operate within the Cooper Consolidated fleeting footprint, the largest fleeting footprint on the Lower Mississippi River. All three companies are part of the Cooper Group of Companies. Designed by Farrell and Norton and built by…
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Two RAL-designed tugs delivered in Taiwan

Two RAL-designed tugs delivered in Taiwan

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Two tugboats designed by Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL), Mailiao 1505 and Mailiao 1506, have been delivered to the Formosa Plastic Corp. in Taiwan by PaxOcean Engineering Pte. Ltd. The vessels were delivered in December and will be operated by the Mailiao Harbour Administration Corp., a subsidiary of Formosa Plastic Corp. These identical sister ships are 104-foot…
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Bay Shipbuilding begins construction of largest US-built LNG barge

Bay Shipbuilding begins construction of largest US-built LNG barge

(STURGEON BAY, Wis.) — Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has started construction on the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering barge ever built in the United States. Bay Shipbuilding is expected to complete construction on the barge in late 2023 under contract with Crowley, the largest independent operator of tank vessels in the U.S. Crowley will operate the vessel under a long-term…
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Main Iron Works delivers z-drive Capt. Joseph Bisso

Main Iron Works delivers z-drive Capt. Joseph Bisso

(HOUMA, La.) — Main Iron Works has delivered another azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugboat to Bisso Towboat Co. The 6,008-hp Capt. Joseph Bisso is the company’s fifth new delivery in the past seven years. It was built to U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M rules, and already received its certificate of inspection. The 100-by-38-foot tugboat is driven by twin Caterpillar 3516E…
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Master Boat Builders begins construction of Crowley’s zero-emission tug

Master Boat Builders begins construction of Crowley’s zero-emission tug

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­— Master Boat Builders has begun construction of Crowley’s eWolf, the first all-electric ship-assist tug in the United States, at its shipyard in Coden, Ala. "Initiating construction of the first-ever fully electric U.S. tugboat, the eWolf marks a historic moment for Crowley and Master Boat Builders,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders. “Today (Dec. 6) is…
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Kirby to pay $15.3 million for damages resulting from Houston Ship Channel spill

Kirby to pay $15.3 million for damages resulting from Houston Ship Channel spill

(WASHINGTON) — Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine LP has agreed to pay $15.3 million in damages and assessment costs under the Oil Pollution Act to resolve federal and state claims for injuries to natural resources resulting from an oil spill from a Kirby barge, after a collision Kirby caused. The United States and Texas concurrently filed a civil complaint along with…
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Diesel-electric hybrid propulsion proves value for U.S. operators

Diesel-electric hybrid propulsion proves value for U.S. operators

It’s been more than two years since Harbor Docking & Towing Co. added its first diesel-electric hybrid tugboats. That decision has paid off in multiple ways for the Lake Charles, La., operator.   The Caterpillar hybrid system aboard Ralph and Capt. Robb delivers 91.5 tons of bollard pull while offering flexibility from different propulsion settings. The system is fully optimized for Harbor Docking’s…
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