MV Island Raider, Canada's newest tug,

MV Island Raider, Canada’s newest tug,

Image from Diesel Duckster - Martin Leduc

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Island Tug & Barge of Vancouver (not to be confused with the unrelated company Island Tug & Barge in Seattle) was bought by Tidewater Barge Lines of Portland, Oregon a couple of years ago.

They are building two of these Articouple system ATBs (what the Canadians call “Pusher Tugs”) in their own shipyard. The are small 25 meter, 1700 hp Z-Drive tugs. Island Tug & Barge is modifying two of their existing barges for these tugs.

I think these Tugs/barge units will be used on Inside BC waters. Seaspan has similar size units that are in RORO service between Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

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