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Thursday, June 13, 2024
A tug escorts a containership at the Port of Los Angeles, California. Photo: Robert V Schwemmer / Shutterstock.com
Shipping

California Senate Committee Passes Bill Improving Safety of Harbor Vessel Emissions Regulation

The California Senate Transportation Committee has unanimously passed AB 1122, a bill ensuring the California Air Resources Board (CARB) cannot mandate the

June 13, 2024
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Thursday, May 23, 2024
Barges IN995423 and IB1938 against the lower dam gates. IB1913 is receiving methanol from IB1938 through a cargo transfer hose. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
Accidents

Barge Tow Hits Mooring on Ohio River During High Water Conditions: NTSB Report

A barge tow pilot failed to adjust for an intense outdraft current, leading to a collision on the Ohio River during high-water conditions in 2023, according to

May 23, 2024
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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Electric tug at Port of Vancouver
Shipping

Electric Tug Fleet Launches at Port of Vancouver

SAAM Towage, in collaboration with a consortium of public and private sector partners, has unveiled the first 100% electric, zero-emission tugboats at the Port

April 11, 2024
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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Damage to Mark E Kuebler stern hull and fendering system from the Nisalah propeller. (Source: NTSB)
Accidents

NTSB Reveals Cause of Tug and Tanker Collision in Corpus Christi Ship Channel

National Transportation Safety Board says speed and hydrodynamic forces played a role in a collision between a tugboat and a tanker in the Corpus Christi Ship

March 5, 2024
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Thursday, February 8, 2024
Big D (top) and Carol McManus (bottom) pictured before the collision. (Source: Florida Marine Transporters (top), Ingram Barge Company (bottom))
Shipping

Critical Communication Error Leads to Tow Collision Mississippi River

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has identified a critical error in communication as the cause of a collision between two tows in the

February 8, 2024
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Monday, September 25, 2023
A Seabulk Towing tug underway
Ports

SEACOR Sells U.S. Harbor Towing Business

SEACOR Holdings Inc. has announced the sale of Seabulk Towing Holdings’ U.S. harbor towing operations and tugs to E.N. Bisso & Son Inc. and

September 25, 2023
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
CC Portland underway before the grounding. Source: VesselFinder.com via NTSB
Accidents

NTSB Urges Speed Limits for ASD Tugs During Harbor-Assist Maneuvers

The National Transportation Safety Board is encouraging owners and operators of azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tugs to set speed limits during certain

September 21, 2023
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Monday, September 18, 2023
Matson ship with tug assitance in Port of Oakland
Shipping

Opinion: EPA Must Stop Unsafe and Costly California Maritime Mandate

By Jennifer Carpenter California’s maritime sector is essential to America’s role in the global economy and to the supply chain. Yet, a mandate from the

September 18, 2023
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Friday, September 8, 2023
The towing vessel Karen Koby and crane barge Ambition are pictured before the capsizing and sinking. Source: LA Carriers and Rigid Constructors via NTSB
Accidents

NTSB: Lack of Hull Inspection and Maintenance Caused Crane Barge to Capsize and Sink

The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the capsizing and sinking of the crane barge Ambition in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by the

September 8, 2023
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Thursday, September 7, 2023
An illustration of the Rio Grande LNG’s 984-acre facility courtesy Port of Brownsville/NextDecade
Shipping

Four Tugs Ordered to Serve Massive Rio Grande LNG Export Facility in South Texas

Gulf LNG Tugs has signed construction contracts with Master Boat Builders and Sterling Shipyard for each to construct two tugs to serve the Rio Grande LNG

September 7, 2023
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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Jane McAllister works a ZIM containership at the Port of Virginia. Photo courtesy McAllister Towing
Shipbuilding

McAllister’s New Tier IV Tug Arrives in Virginia

McAllister’s new Tier IV tug Jane McAllister has arrived at its new homeport at the Port of Virginia. Built by Washburn & Doughty in East Boothbay,

August 30, 2023
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Monday, August 28, 2023
The Green Diamond is the first plug-in hybrid electrical inland towing vessel in the United States. Photo courtesy Kirby Corporation
Shipbuilding

Kirby Christens Nation’s First Plug-In Hybrid Electric Towing Vessel

Kirby Inland Marine, part of Houston-based Kirby Corporation (NYSE: KEX), has christened the first plug-in hybrid electric inland towing vessel in

August 28, 2023
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Thursday, August 17, 2023
A preliminary illustration of Svitzer's methanol hybrid fuel cell (MHFC) tug. Image courtesy Svitzer/Robert Allan
Environment

Svitzer Moves to Design Phase in Methanol Hybrid Fuel Cell Tug Project

Towage operator Svitzer has launched the second phase of its project to design the world’s first methanol hybrid fuel cell tug, with the aim of

August 17, 2023
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Wednesday, August 9, 2023
pusher tug sinking
Accidents

Pusher Tug Sinks Off North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies are responding to a 59-foot pusher tug that sank Tuesday night approximately 3 miles off North Myrtle Beach, South

August 9, 2023
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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Svitzer and Caterpillar Partner to Put Dual Fuel Methanol Engines in Tugs
Environment

Svitzer and Caterpillar Partner to Put Dual Fuel Methanol Engines in Tugs

Caterpillar Marine and Svitzer, a global towage operator and unit of AP Moller – Maersk, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support

April 18, 2023
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Friday, March 31, 2023
Tugboat Crew Uses Torch to Free Trapped Crewmen in Dramatic Rescue off Texas Coast
Shipping

Tugboat Crew Uses Torch to Free Trapped Crewmen in Dramatic Rescue off Texas Coast

A heroic rescue unfolded on Friday when the crew of a tugboat taking on water in Sabine Pass, Texas, used a handheld torch to free two trapped crewmen. Coast

March 31, 2023
Total Views: 15580

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
ACBL to Build High-Powered Towboat
Shipbuilding

ACBL to Build High-Powered Towboat

U.S.-based American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) has announced plans for an 11,000 horsepower (HP) class inland towboat. ACBL has signed a contract with

March 14, 2023
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Monday, January 23, 2023
Tug Grounds Near Corpus Christi After Reported Collision with Bulk Carrier
Accidents

Tug Grounds Near Corpus Christi After Reported Collision with Bulk Carrier

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a tug that ran aground near Corpus Christi, Texas, reportedly following a collision with a bulk carrier. Coast Guard

January 23, 2023
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Sunday, January 15, 2023
A disabled tug and barge
USCG

Coast Guard Rescues 7 From Disabled, Adrift Tug

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Coast Guard rescued seven people Saturday from a disabled, adrift tug towing a barge 30 miles offshore from Ocean City. A crew member

January 15, 2023
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Friday, January 6, 2023
Efforts Underway to Refloat Towing Vessel in Port of Milwaukee
Accidents

Efforts Underway to Refloat Towing Vessel in Port of Milwaukee

The U.S. Coast Guard has been working with partners to refloat a towing vessel in the Kinnickinnic River in the Port of Milwaukee. The towing vessel Michigan,

January 6, 2023
Total Views: 4572
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