Vigor to build three tugboats for Tidewater Barge Lines


The following is the text of a news release from Vigor Industrial:

(PORTLAND, Ore.) (Jan. 22) — Vigor Fab was recently awarded a contract by Tidewater Barge Lines of Vancouver, Wash, to construct three new tugboats. Construction of the first tug will start on Jan. 24, 2014, with the keel laying (the formal recognition of the start of a ship’s construction) at Vigor’s facility in Portland.

While Tidewater has rebuilt and repowered several of the vessels in its fleet, these tugs will be the first newly built vessels for the company in nearly 30 years. Delivery of the first tug will be in December 2014, with the second and third to follow in 2015.

“Tidewater has provided top-notch tug and barge service for more than 80 years,” said Bryan Nichols, sales manager of Vigor Industrial. “We’re honored they chose us to help make this critical investment in their future.”

Vigor’s 60-acre yard, oversized 800-foot build way and extensive fabrication bays provide the capacity and flexibility for new builds of all types. In recent years, Vigor has methodically increased its capacity to build new vessels for commercial customers. The company’s investments in infrastructure and personnel have given it a strong competitive position to go after and win a diverse range of new construction projects including barges, ferries, fishing vessels and now tugs.

“Vigor will put its considerable experience to work building these new tugboats to the highest standards. These new builds are evidence of how we are inspiring confidence in our customers and growing our shipbuilding business,” added Nichols.

“Vigor is a great fit for this project. The company has proven itself as a competitive shipbuilder with the capacity we need and the quality we demand. We are eager to start our new build program and be able to put these tugs to work for our customers,” said Bob Curcio, president and CEO at Tidewater.

Designed by CT Marine, of Edgecomb, Maine, these state-of-the-art vessels were specially designed to service the Columbia River market. The tug engines are EPA Tier III compliant and provide upgraded environmental standards for cleaner emissions and a lower environmental impact. The tug design also features ergonomic accommodations and comforts proven to minimize fatigue and reduce injuries amongst crew.

“These tugs are a welcome addition to the growing Tidewater fleet,” added Curcio.  “We are excited to make the investments necessary to address the needs of our customers for best-in-class, modern and environmentally friendly equipment. The investments we are making will serve the needs of our customers for many years to come.”

Vessel characteristics

Length: 102 feet

Width: 38 feet
Draft: 11 feet
Engines: Two Caterpillar 3516 Tier 3 Engines, 4500 HP total

About Vigor

Vigor Industrial is a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and other industrial services in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

About Tidewater

Tidewater is a multi-commodity transportation and terminal company headquartered in Vancouver, Wash. The company’s operating area spans 465 miles on the Columbia-Snake River system extending from the inland Port of Lewiston, Idaho, to the Port of Astoria, Ore., on the Pacific Coast.

By Professional Mariner Staff