Economical heavy fuel oil finding its way into the tugboat industry

Crowley Resolve is a new 9,280-hp ATB. Crowley estimates that it cost several million dollars in additional construction costs to make the vessel capable of burning heavy fuel oil. (Courtesy Crowley Maritime) My theory about bunker fuel is that the stuff is misnamed. Modern fuels have nothing to do with bunkers. The phrase bunker fuel, like many other phrases and…
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Foss switches its fleet to ultra low sulfur diesel fuel

The tugs Wedell Foss and Garth Foss, which are based in the Northwest, are among the vessels in the Foss fleet that will be switching to ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. The move will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions in the Puget Sound region by about nine tons annually. (Courtesy Foss Maritime) Seattle-based Foss Maritime has taken a bold environmental initiative…
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With a history of innovation, AmNav is ready for the future

Capt. Marc Fankhauser in the pilothouse of the AmNav tug Revolution. (Photos by Alan Haig-Brown) It would be an understatement to call the San Francisco Bay ship docking market highly competitive. As vessel and crew costs escalate, the several fleets that crowd the market fight for share. Among the most forceful of these is AmNav Maritime Services.   Upstart schoolteacher…
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Turn it off!

It’s 0430 in New York Harbor and promising to be a very busy day. There’s a line of ships stretched out from the “Con Hook” range to Ambrose Tower. I’m steering from the upper wheelhouse of a 4200 hp tug, pushing a light oil barge, and bound for Bayway barge docks. I’m relieved that I’ve managed to stay ahead of…
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New tug design goes against high-horsepower trend

Great Lakes Towing is building two  78-foot prototypes. The tugs' propulsion systems will be in the 2,800- to 3,200-hp range. (Courtesy Jensen Maritime Consultants) Great Lakes Towing is a century-old company that is undergoing a rebirth. At its well-worn shipyard on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, it has built a new $4 million headquarters office building attached to the new…
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New company launched by towing industry veterans

Busy days in the tug industry naturally lead to the establishment of new tug companies. This time it's a classic start-up story courtesy of Dominique and Rachel Smith, both veterans of the towing industry. They have established a one-boat towing company called TradeWinds Towing LLC, based in St. Augustine, Fla.As of early June, Trade-Winds had just completed its first towing…
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New tug simulator makes debut at West Coast training facility

By Gregory M. Walsh  Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle has developed a training program incorporating what it said is the only full-scale marine simulation program in the United States developed exclusively for tugboat operators. PMI's marine simulation theater, designed as an actual tugboat wheelhouse, includes full controls for tractor-style tugs and conventional tugs, simulation programs involving typical tugboat scenarios and…
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