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 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2020 

Diversified Launches Second Tug for Sause Brothers

When Sause Brothers launched the first two 128-foot by 35-foot Mikiona-class tugs in 2006 and 2007, they attracted attention as a 21st century version of the traditional straight shaft boat, designed...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2020

First of Four Foss Tier 4 Tugs Delivered by Nichols Brothers

When Foss Maritime announced in 2018 that it had chosen Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on Whidbey Island, Washington to build four 100-foot Tier 4 tugs, with an option for six more, it represented...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    May 1, 2020

Diversified-built Tier 4 Brusco Noydena Now Crowley Hercules

At the end of 2019, Brusco Tug & Barge of Longview, Washington took delivery of its eighth RApport tractor tug, Noydena, designed by Robert Allan (RAL) of Vancouver, BC, and built by Diversified...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2020

Propulsion

Since Harley Marine became the first adopter of Tier 4 marine engines of more than 600 kW (805 hp) in 2017, the towboat industry on the West Coast has fallen behind the rest of the US as operators on...

 

Vessels on the Ways

The latest reports from West Coast shipyards strongly suggest that 2020 will be another successful year for boat and small ship builders on the West Coast. From Vallejo, California to Homer, Alaska...

 

Fast Ferry Market STEADY, Tugs Pulling Ahead

Last year's new vessel survey found aluminum catamaran ferries were still by far the biggest category in newbuilds, with five Washington yards plus one in the Bay Area all reporting enough orders for...

 

Ocean and Coastal Towing: New Legislation Poses Challenges

For everyone involved in the towing and ship-docking business on the West Coast, this year has presented at least three legislative issues that have collectively created the biggest challenge to the...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2019

Versatile Northwest Yards are Building a Full Range of Fast Craft

This year's survey has found a wide variety of high-performance aluminum craft under construction or delivered by yards from Homer, Alaska to Vallejo, California. They range from a 74-foot oil skimmer...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2019

Baydelta's Hybrid Tug: Batteries Not Included

The Delta Teresa, the first hybrid diesel-electric tug designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, was successfully delivered to Baydelta Maritime in San Francisco by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2019

Deck Machinery

The last year has seen several new tugs launched in the Pacific Northwest by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island and Diversified Marine of Portland. All are fitted with new or updated...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2019

Regional Report: Columbia River Exports Continued to Grow in 2018

While trade tensions remain between the United States and Oregon's top trading partners, China and Canada, data from the US Department of Commerce shows Oregon exports to both countries increased the...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2019

Propulsion

The new propulsion technology appearing on the West Coast indicates that the US marine industry is now integrating the demands of the EPA Tier 4 rules to reduce diesel emissions into every aspect of...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    March 1, 2019

Shaver's Samantha S Redefines the Multi-Purpose Tug

The Columbia River has presented a challenge to towing companies like Shaver Transportation since the pioneer days in the late 1800's when steam-powered sternwheelers had to handle all types of work,...

 

Lindblad's Second 100-Passenger Cruise Ship Enters Service

In the summer of 2017, the first of two new 100-passenger vessels, the 238-foot (72.5 m) National Geographic Quest, joined the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, and has successfully...

 

Maxum Launches First Self-Propelled Bunkering Tanker in US

Maxum Petroleum is a leading supplier of marine diesel oil and lubricants on the US West Coast, founded in 1946, with centers in seven major ports. Its parent company, Pilot Thomas Logistics has becom...

 

Young Brothers Takes Delivery of the First of Four Damen-designed Tugs for Hawaii Inter-island Service

Young Brothers of Hawaii, the largest provider of inter-island barge services, is updating its fleet with four Damen-designed 6,000-hp 123-foot by 36.5-foot ocean-going tugs from Conrad Shipyard of...

 

Ocean and Coastal Towing

The US West Coast is home to a diverse collection of freight services, who must be prepared to deliver shallow-draft cargo up Alaskan rivers in the spring, across the Pacific to Hawaii and US...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2018

Catamaran Round Up: Builders Strive for Lower Weight and Lower Wake

In 2018, Washington shipyards are continuing to produce a range of high-speed aluminum catamarans from 65 to 96 feet long for fast transit, wilderness cruises and whale-watching. The international...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    August 1, 2018

Deck Gear Survey 2018

The manufacturers of all types of deck gear are reliant on the tug business for the bulk of their orders, and in 2018 many tug fleets remain reluctant to order new vessels because the EPA's Tier 4...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    July 1, 2018

A Tug for the World

Dunlap Towing provides a full range of services on the US West Coast, from log rafts in Puget sound to offshore barging to Hawaii and remote locations in Western Alaska. In June 2018, the company was...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    June 1, 2018

Regional Report: Columbia River

The Columbia River saw 1,533 ship visits in 2017 according to the Merchant's Exchange, comprising 520 grain vessels, 176 automobile ships, 106 soda ash ships, and 95 log carriers. These numbers...

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    April 1, 2018

Marine Propulsion

The year 2018 ushers in a new era for marine propulsion, as the EPA regulation of emissions for diesel engines of more than 600 kW (805 HP) up to 3,700 kW (4,960 HP) reaches the final Tier 4 level....

 
 By Peter Marsh    Features    March 1, 2018

Orders Keep Coming for Northwest Yards

Vigor's Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle is fitting out the fourth and last Olympic-class ferry for Washington State Ferries. It was christened Suquamish in a traditional maritime ceremony on...

 

New Vessel Review

The last year has seen NW builders completing an outstanding number of vessels that represent the leading edge of nautical engineering. From two of the first Tier 4 tugs in the nation to sophisticated...

 

M/V Rich Padden: Diversified Marine Delivers Sixth Harley Tug

This year, Harley Marine Services celebrated its 30th year and continued its phenomenal growth with the launch of 11 tugs and barges from shipyards in the Pacific Northwest and the Gulf Coast. In...

 

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