It Never Ends: A Month of Towing in the Bering Sea

By Michael Carr - He could not take it anymore. It was all too much. The constant gale force winds, the paranoid Master, the degenerate 2ndmate, the dysfunctional cook, and an engineer who hid from everyone. All were destroying his mental health. A week ago, or maybe longer, he could not remember now, he had e-mailed his wife from the tug’s bridge computer and asked her … [Read more...]

Crowley Completes Appomattox Platform Tow-Out in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

Crowley Maritime Corp. has successfully delivered Shell’s Appomattox semi-submersible Floating Production System (FPS) to the open waters of the U.S. Gulf from Kiewit Offshore Services' construction facility in Ingleside, Texas. Making the tow-out possible were Crowley’s Ocean Sky and Ocean Sun tugboats, which worked together on behalf of customer Heerema, alongside other … [Read more...]

Oil Spill Reported After Tugboat Capsizes Near Vancouver, Canada

The Canadian Coast Guard and other agencies are responding to a tugboat which sank overnight on the Fraser River near Vancouver. The Coast Guard reports that the tug, named George H Ledcor, was towing a loaded barge when it capsized at about 11 p.m. on Monday. The overturned tug is located near Deering Island. An oil spill has been reported in the area. The City of … [Read more...]

Ezion Liftboat Capsizes During Tow in South China Sea

A liftboat belonging to Ezion Holdings has capsized in the South China Sea during a dead tow from Vietnam to Taiwan, the company said Wednesday. The vessel was unmanned at the time. Singapore-based Ezion said its liftboat Tera Lyza was being towed by the tug Teras Eden when it developed a sudden list to the stern at about 1630 hours on 5 June 2018. The boat subsequently … [Read more...]

Capsized Cargo Ship Under Tow to Port of Le Havre

Update: Authorities in France have granted a place a refuge for the wreck of the Britannica HAV at the port of Le Havre. The wreck is currently under tow at about 3 knots and is expected to arrive in port on Thursday afternoon.  Earlier: The overturned hull of the Britannica HAV is under tow as authorities try to limit the hazard to navigation in the English … [Read more...]