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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World’s first methanol-fueled towboat to launch in 2023

World’s first methanol-fueled towboat to launch in 2023

(SEATTLE) — Maritime Partners, in cooperation with Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), e1 Marine and ABB, has announced that M/V Hydrogen One, the world’s first methanol-fueled towboat, will join Maritime Partners’ fleet and become available for charter in 2023 to meet the pressing demand for sustainable towboat operations. Decarbonizing the towboat sector poses substantial challenges, particularly due to towboats’ inherent…
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Master Boat Builders, RAL develop new battery hybrid tug

Master Boat Builders, RAL develop new battery hybrid tug

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders, together with naval architect and marine engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL), has announced the creation of a new battery hybrid tugboat, the ElectRA 3000-H. This design has been developed over the past several months to suit the evolving needs of U.S. tugboat operators. “This unique hybrid tugboat design is the result of a…
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RAL, Svitzer sign design agreement for methanol fuel cell tugs

RAL, Svitzer sign design agreement for methanol fuel cell tugs

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL) and Svitzer have signed a design agreement for a new generation of methanol fuel cell tugboats. Utilizing a combination of fuel cells, batteries and electric propulsion in a new and unique towing configuration, this new tug will serve as a pilot project for future Svitzer newbuilds. The close cooperation between Svitzer and…
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Canadian Coast Guard adds fourth interim icebreaker to fleet

Canadian Coast Guard adds fourth interim icebreaker to fleet

(OTTAWA) — Following a competitive process, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has announced the purchase of a commercial light icebreaker from New Brunswick-based Atlantic Towing Ltd. This vessel will ensure that the Coast Guard retains its icebreaking capacity to keep vital shipping lanes open when the existing fleet enters planned maintenance periods. The vessel, currently designated Mangystau 2, was purchased…
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Master Boat Builders launches hybrid tug for Seabulk

Master Boat Builders launches hybrid tug for Seabulk

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders launched Spartan, an electric hybrid tugboat, on Nov. 1 for Seabulk. Delivery of the vessel, built at Master Boat's Coden, Ala., yard, is planned for January 2022. “Master Boat Builders is proud to launch this technologically advanced hybrid tugboat, which is the latest in a series of innovative and alternative-powered workboats that we are…
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