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Navy Sub Retiring

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Dec. 2008, crew members assigned to the Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) hook a towing line to submarine NR-1 as the boat makes its way along the Thames River in Groton for the final time. The oldest nuclear-powered submarine in the U.S. Navy, NR-1, is being retired after nearly 40 years of service. U.S. Navy photo by John Narewski.


JonRie Rolls Out New Auto Tow System

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JonRie introduces its New ATS (Auto Tow System) for all its Series 500 Towing Winches. The new ATS (Auto Tow System) offers tug owners a complete solution to modern Open Ocean Towing. The JonRie ATS is an advanced compliment to the existing line of Towing Winch now offering a Constant Scope Tension Limiting device which will relieve tension on the tow line and when the tension is reduced the scope of the line will reclaim back to its original set scope point


Moran Commissions 10th Z-Drive Tug

Moran Towing has commissioned Diane Moran, its 10th Z-drive tugboat, which was recently christened in a ceremony in New York Harbor, will be used in harbor services. Currently, Moran's other Z-drive tugs are used by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command in Norfolk, Va., and for harbor services in the port of Charleston, S.C. The vessel is powered by two turbocharged EMD engines, which were chosen for their fuel efficiency


Fishing Vessel and Tanker Collide

Humber Coastguard received a MAY DAY call from the 13 metre fishing vessel Aquarius reporting they were taking in water with 3 persons on board approximately 16 miles East of Amble. Aquarius reported that they had been involved in a collision moments earlier with the 56,000 Tonne Bahamian tanker Alpha Germania, which was in ballast and on passage to Teesport. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of RNLI Amble Lifeboat and the Rescue Helicopter from RAF Boulmer


Profile: Company Focus: Staying Connected with INTERCON

The Intercon Coupler System is designed to provide a safe and efficient solution to the problems of connecting tugs and barges in ocean and coastwise pushing operations. Principal benefits include the ability to push in the widest range of sea states; the complete elimination of hull contact; fail-safe mechanical connection with redundant controls, and elimination of the expense and hazards of towing lines and related equipment.


Samson Quantum-12 Equips the BRAtt

Samson, provider of performance cordage announced that the prototype BRAtt, is equipped with Quantum-12, one of Samson’s most popular towing lines. BRAtt, which is the acronym for Burchett Robert Allen training tug, is scheduled to debut at the International Tug and Salvage Convention and Exhibition in Vancouver, B.C. this month. The result of collaboration between Ron Burchett and Robert Allen Ltd, the BRAtt answers the global need for cost-effective azmuthing-stern-drive training


Cougar Ace Situation Update

A Unified Command of federal, state and shipping company representatives continues to make efforts to right the ship Cougar Ace and plan contingencies for towing to an appropriate port of refuge if those efforts are not effective. These efforts are in response to the vessel's July 24 listing in the North Pacific Ocean. With the arrival of a new naval architect and an additional team of salvage professionals at the scene late tonight, a second


USNS Shasta Rescues Five After Fire Strikes Cargo Ship

Civil service mariners aboard Military Sealift Command ammunition ship USNS Shasta (T-AE 33) rescued all crew members aboard a disabled commercial cargo ship May 12 in the Western Pacific near Saipan. Just after sunset, Shasta received a request from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet Battle Watch Center to assist the ill-fated MV Haurosi, which reported a major engine room fire. Traveling at full-speed, Shasta made the 90-mile voyage to Haurosi’s location in just over four hours


USN Procedures Under A Microscope In Wake Of Trawler Sinking

The U.S. Navy, eager to keep its submarines hidden as much as possible, rejected three official recommendations aimed at preventing collisions like the one that sank a Japanese fishing boat off Hawaii on Friday, leaving nine people missing, feared drowned. The National Transportation Safety Board had faulted the Navy's submarine surfacing procedures, its way of reporting accidents and what the board deemed inadequate rest time for key watch officers while submarines are under way


The Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) Quandary

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Inconsistent Rules Create Uneven Application of Standards. (Captain) Jeff Cowan explores the how and why of the safety gap that comes as a direct result. Oil tankers and cargo vessels face a number of oil spill prevention regulations especially along the U.S. coast. Surprisingly, many of the regulations governing T-2 and T-3 sized tankers which carry between 120,000 and 146,000 barrels of oil do not apply to the new Articulated Tug Barges (ATBs) that may carry as much if not more (400


Concordia Captain Tried to Blame Wreck on Electrical Blackout

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The captain of the Costa Concordia tried to persuade the crisis coordinator of the cruise line to pretend an electrical blackout had caused the shipwreck, a court was told on Monday. The luxury liner hit rocks as it sailed close to the island of Giglio in January 2012


Rolls-Royce to supply machinery for 4 tugs for ALP Maritime Services

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.


Ben3D Introduces ContainerTug 600S

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Ben3D BV Naval Architecture introduce in collaboration with Oonincx Shipbuilding BV the innovative ContainerTug 600S. A strong, compact Dutch built workboat with a remarkable feature: it can be transported as a standard 20 foot container. The 1,200 kg bollard pull


Tug on the Rocks, Lake Pontchartrain, Three Rescued

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US Coast Guard 8th District says that it has rescued 3 crewmembers aboard the (uninspected) tugboat 'UTV Todd Michael' after it grounded on the rocks near the Lakefront Airport on Lake Pontchartrain. [The vessel towed appeared to be drifting nearby.]


Grounded Vessel Refloated on Ohio River

The U.S. Coast guard (USCG) said responses crews for the grounded Elizabeth D refloated the vessel at mile marker 65 on the Ohio River, Wednesday afternoon. Personnel on scene, including a marine surveyor, conducted a damage survey of the vessel after it was refloated and declared it seaworthy


Crane Barge Delivered to Stevens Towing

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Bos Smith, Vice President, Operations, with Stevens Towing Co., Inc., Yonges Island, S.C., announces the delivery of Ocean Ranger, a 200’ X 72’ X 14’ ABS-classed floating crane barge. Stevens Towing, operating Ocean Ranger under Charleston Heavy Lift


Rodriguez Shipbuilding Delivers Powerful Shallow-Draft Tugboat

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The yard recently delivered a Cummins powered 75 by 28-foot model bow tug to Morgan City-based Garber Bros. Inc. and Sea Cypress LLC for Gulf of Mexico operations, inform Cummins Hotips. Cummins explain that over the years, Rodriguez Shipbuilding Inc


Latest DoD Navy Contracts

USNS Guadalupe: Photo MSC

Vigor Industrial LLC, Moran Towing Corp., and Maersk Line, Ltd.  figure amongst the latest US Department of Defense, Navy, contract awards for various services as follows: USNS ship repair contract – Vigor Vigor Industrial LLC, Portland, Ore


Ulstein Enters Oceangoing Tug Market

Ulstein Design & Solutions’ sales team on the ocean going tug project, from left: Sigurd Viseth, Thomas Brathaug, Ove Dimmen, and Bjørn Harald Norvik (Copyright ULSTEIN)

Ulstein has sold design and equipment packages for four ocean going tugs to Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair in Japan. The vessels will be built for the Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels are primarily designed for towing of large structures over long distances


Brazil Shipyard Delivers Second RAmparts Tugboat

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Designers Robert Allan inform that Keppel Singmarine Brasil Ltda. (KSMB), of Navegantes, Brazil have recently completed the construction of the 24m LOA 'SMIT Pareci', the second of a series of six Robert Allan designed RAmparts 2500 tugs, for SMIT Rebocadores do Brasil (Rebras), of Rio de Janeiro


USCG Tows Disabled Yacht into Jacksonville

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback are towing a 70-foot motor yacht Wednesday and are scheduled to arrive at the entrance to the St. Johns River at approximately 9 p.m. There, the tow will be transferred to a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Station Mayport, Fla


Barge Runs Aground Near Anna Maria

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A 180-foot barge ran aground on Anna Maria Island after breaking free from a tug boat early Tuesday morning. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg received notification at 2 a.m., Tuesday, that the operator of tug Abe H was having difficulty steering due to weather and was unable


Crowley Acquires Ship Management Company

 Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it has acquired majority ownership of Accord Ship Management (HK) Limited and Accord Marine Management Pvt. Ltd. The Accord acquisition will be managed by Crowley’s ship management group


ALP Tugs Get Rolls-Royce Deck Equipment

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Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.


Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

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Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius)


 
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