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Tugboat Fire on Lake Ontario – Incident Classed as 'Major Marine Casualty'

Mar 29, 2012

USCG & Canadian safety agency begins investigation of tug fire. Chief engineer has now died in hospital.The U.S. Coast Guard and marine safety agencies from Canada have begun their investigations into the fire aboard the towing vessel Patrice McAllister near Prince Edward Point…

Viguerie: Passing Quality from Father to Son

Mar 26, 2012

“I started in the shipyard 50 years ago with pick on the end of a broom stick cleaning up,” recalls Raymond Viguerie, before adding, “Later the old man taught me how to do fitting.”These days, Raymond is still at his Intracoastal Iron Works yard full time…

Blackmon Announces Boat Yard Liquidation

Feb 07, 2012

Thursday, March 1 / 9:00AM / Greenville, MSBy order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Mississippi Case No. 09-15836-NPO Greenville, Mississippi. Blackmon Auctions has been in business since 1938 and conducts auctions all over the U…

Loose Lips Sink Ships…and Careers

Jan 02, 2012

Valuable Lessons Learned – the Hard Way. Unfortunately, vessel collisions on America’s busy (but too often overlooked) inland waters have been a fact of life for a very long time. With towboats, barges, ferries, oceangoing vessels and recreational…

Ocean Towing with Z-Drives

Oct 03, 2011

Western Towboat leads the way with tractor tugs. For a first-hand look at how tractor tugs are used for ocean towing on the West Coast, I took a ride on the first Titan class vessel built by Western Towboat out of Seattle, Wash. The 108…

New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group and Shearer Group

Sep 11, 2011

New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. and The Shearer Group, Inc., Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.Bristol, RI and Seabrook, TX – September 9th, 2011 – Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., Rhode Island, and its sister company, The Shearer Group…

Pushing on Brazil’s Rio Madeira

Sep 09, 2011

Flavio Silveira does design work for the Beconal shipyard where he continues to upgrade the Amason’s basic pushboat design. This September the yard delivered a 1200 hp pushboat  to Planalto. As do most Amazon pusboats, the hull of the M/V…

Donjon Welcomes New Tug, Caitlin Ann

Aug 10, 2011

On August 1, 2011, Donjon added the 2400-HP-class tug Caitlin Ann to its growing fleet to support the company’s dredging, marine salvage, bulk material transportation and marine demolition services.The addition of the Caitlin Ann increases…

Kirby Announces 2Q Results

Jul 28, 2011

Kirby Corporation (NYSE: KEX) announced net earnings attributable to Kirby for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011 of $41.7 million, or $.77 per share, compared with $29.3 million, or $.54 per share, for the 2010 second quarter.  The 2011 second quarter results included an estimated $…

Twelve Good Boats, Kirby Marine

Aug 25, 2010

Already the operator of the largest fleet of inland tank barges on U.S. inland waters, Kirby Marine Transportation, has recently added twelve more push boats to its fleet. The twelfth in a series of sister vessels was delivered from Raymond and Associates of Bayou LaBatre…

Ingram and Crounse: Towing History into the Present

Aug 20, 2010

By Raina Clark, from MarineNews July 2010If towboats and barges hurtled passed the average American on their way to work every morning, the industry would be better known. If commuters had to deal with failed locks the way they have to deal with congested freeways…

UTV Training Prepares Towing Industry

May 19, 2010

Quality Management International, Inc. has developed a two-day training program for professionals in the towing vessel industry.  This course for Uninspected Towing Vessels (UTV) focuses on all the current regulations including clauses of the ISM Code relevant for tugs…

Supreme Court Ruling Against Closing Chicago Locks

Apr 28, 2010

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision announced April 26  to deny the State of Michigan’s motion to close Chicago area locks…

This Day in Coast Guard History – April 26

Apr 26, 2010

1898- During the Spanish-American War, Morrill, Hudson, and Hamilton, formerly Revenue Cutters and recently armed for service in the so-called 'Mosquito Fleet,' passed through Hampton Roads and after asking formal permission of the Commodore…

Mystic Seaport Tugboats Exhibit

Apr 14, 2010

Tugs!, an interactive exhibition that will trace the past, present and future of the American tug, tow and barge industry, will open at Mystic Seaport Saturday, May 22.Designed for visitors of all ages, Tugs! will detail how tugboats play…

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