I apologize for that, but directly pointing out posts and users would most likely instigate a flaming war the likes of which have kept me from posting often on this forum any more.
I could maybe engage the conversation by pointing out some of the mistaken beliefs put forth on this thread.
-"ECO having no meaningful Ocean Towing Experience": ECO has a longstanding history of successful service to the US Navy via MSC Contracts which include Ocean Towing. The Carolyn Chouest towed and tendered the NR1 all over the North Atlantic for many years. The Dove towed and serviced the SBX from Seattle to Hawaii and as far as Korea. While some may discount the "towing some Rig" experience, ECO vessels and crews have towed countless rigs throughout the world not just the US GOM. Frankly, Rigs are far more challenging and demanding than barge or ship hull forms, and stress the Tow Gear to a greater degree. By all accounts the conical shaped Kulluk was the worst of the worst in that regard.
While not Ocean Towing, per se, ship assist work for the USN in San Diego, Mayport, and Kingsbay have been handled by ECO Tugs for quite some time, that in addition to the Chenaire LNG Terminal in Sabine, Tx