What's New in the Tug and Barge World?


PSA Marine getting 13 new tugs (yard not stated):

Typical of the way things are done in the world of ship equipment supplies:


That’s a serious barge

You need big barges to move big stuff, like hull blocks between shipyards:
Segments of an Ultra Large Container Ship being offloaded at a shipyard.

Or this one, just widened to load, transport and launch floating wind turbines:

And that’s a wrap… Cook Inlet Tug & Barge, LLC Prudhoe Bay season is complete! We accomplished a lot between July 14 and October 3rd! A big shout out to our team for a safe and productive season and our excellent customers for a successful 2023 summer all around!
Source: Maasmond Newsletters

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Maybe this one is available?:

New York City Prison Barge, The Vernon C. Bain Center (VCBC), is an 800-bed jail barge that is designed to handle inmates from medium- to maximum-security in 16 dormitories and 100 cells. It resides on the East River approximately one mile west of SUNY Maritime College.

PS> It doesn’t meet USCG requirements for safe and easy escape routes.

Cook Inlet Tug & Barge, LLC tugs Dr HANK KAPLAN and BERING WIND keeping Alaskan commerce moving. Photo: unknown via Maasmond Newsclippings

To make mistakes in a simulator is a lot cheaper than to make them in real live operations:

Veteran salvage tug “SA AMANDLA”, ex John Ross (now the “ICONIC 09”) leaving South Africa for the last time bound for India. Her last port was East London:

A sad sight and brought a tear to the eyes of many a tugman.


312 ton bollard pull tug “ALP Striker” of ALP Maritime Services arriving in Vlissingen Sloehaven with the impressive barge “H-851” of Heerema Marine Contractors.

Photos: Wim Kosten – www.maritimephoto.com (c)

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