Great Lakes Towing's Cleveland completes first harbor assist

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(CLEVELAND) — Great Lakes Towing Co.'s Cleveland, the first tugboat built in the United States to meet the new U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations, completed its first harbor assist on Monday.

Cleveland assisted M/V Federal Saguenay for Montreal-based Fednav, Canada's largest oceangoing dry-bulk shipping company. The vessel arrived at the Cleveland Main Entrance at 0600 hours, where the new harbor tug began the assistance, turning the bulk carrier with fleet mate tug Illinois for a stern-first placement at the Port of Cleveland Dock 26. M/V Federal Saguenay originated from Ebsjerg, Denmark and made a stop in Cleveland while en route to Milwaukee, Wis.

Cleveland’s crew included Capt. Brad Sheppard and deck hand Tim McKenna, and tug Illinois included Capt. Scott Baker and crewmen Branden Fadenholz and Aaron Burnett.

Great Lakes Towing Co.’s shipyard, known as Great Lakes Shipyard, launched Cleveland on May 25 and the shipyard delivered the tugboat to the towing company on June 30. Present on the portside and starboard side of Cleveland is a white “workhorse” logo, paying homage to company’s tugs from the early 1900s, which were known as the “workhorses of the Great Lakes.”

By Professional Mariner Staff