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USCG monitors progress as 648-foot vessel regains power

Safely crosses Columbia River bar The Coast Guard has been closely monitoring the progress of the Morning Spruce, a 648-foot vessel that lost, then regained, power off the Oregon Coast Sunday.The Morning Spruce successfully crossed the Columbia River bar under escort of the tug Kokua. The Morning Spruce and Kokua were joined by the tug Vancouver near Astoria. Both tug vessels will escort Morning Spruce to Portland, Ore., where the Coast Guard will ensure a proper inspection of the vessel and its recent repairs.Initial plans to anchor the vessel near Astoria were canceled as its draft is too deep to anchor safely.Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Ore., has been coordinating actions to protect the Oregon Coast and the shores of the Columbia River from any threat posed by the 648-foot, Singapore-flagged car-carrier Morning Spruce that lost all power and was adrift in 12-foot seas, for approximately 4 hours, southwest of the Columbia River entrance Sunday.At approximately 3:30 p.m., Sunday, the Morning Spruce's engineer was able to restore the ship's power. The Coast Guard directed the Morning Spruce to remain offshore until repairs were verified and a tug arrived on scene.The vessel contains approximately 543,000 gallons of heavy, diesel and lube ...

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Tugs to suffer alleged mechanical problems

'Loch Rannoch', which delivers oil to the port from the BPcollided with the tug 'Solan' Two new Spanish-built tugs stationed at UK Shetland's oil port of Sullom Voe have been taken out of service, following an incident with one of the tugs with a tanker.Shetland Islands Council (SIC), which operates the port, has launched an investigation and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has been informed of the collision.SIC harbourmaster Roger Moore confirmed to local media that the shuttle tanker 'Loch Rannoch', which delivers oil to the port from the BP operated Schiehallion oil field west of Shetland, collided with the tug 'Solan'.The 'Solan' is one of two 7 mill tugs delivered to the port from a Spanish shipyard in February last year. The vessels are claimed to be two of the most powerful harbour tugs in the world with a bollard pull of 90 tonnes. Crews have said that the tugs have been beset by technical problems since their delivery, local reports said.The latest incident occurred shortly after the ballasted 'Loch Rannoch' left the jetty to return to the oil field.'Solan' was close by the 128,700 dwt tanker and still had a rope attached when she suddenly lost both ...

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Indonesia Rescues Hijacked Tug Boat

Tug boat with nine crewon board Indonesian authorities have rescued a tug boat with nine crew believed to have been hijacked in the Straits of Singapore, a sea lane seeing a rise in attacks, an official said on Monday.The boat was recovered on Saturday off Indonesia, said Noel Choong, head of the piracy reporting center of the International Maritime Bureau.It had been towing a barge laden with heavy machinery and piling materials which an Indonesian aircraft and three warships found in the same area a day later, he added.The tug and barge, heading from peninsular Malaysia to Borneo island, last made contact on Dec. 27 off southern Malaysia near the Straits of Singapore before it was hijacked, Choong said."IMB is very pleased with the Indonesian authorities' quick response because of which we managed to recover the tug and barge," he said.Choong urged authorities to step up patrols and ships to be vigilant in the Straits of Singapore, which saw 11 attacks last year, up from three in 2010.Malaysian maritime authorities in October rescued a tanker they said was also hijacked in the straits, which runs between Singapore and Indonesia.In September, a Malaysian court sentenced six Indonesians to 10 years in ...

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ReCAAP issues report on hijacked/missing tug boats and barges in Asia

During the period March-June 2011 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Special Report on hijacked/missing tug boats and barges in Asia during the period March-June 2011.Five potential incidents were reported, but only three could be confirmed as constituting piracy (one incident) or armed robbery against ships (two incidents). In the first incident, the tug boat and barge remain missing. In the second incident, the barge was found and the crew rescued, but the tug boat remains missing.In the third incident, both the tug boat and barge were recovered and the crew was rescued. Owners and masters of tug boats in Southeast Asia are advised to exercise caution (particularly where the tug boat is relatively new)Source: ReCAAP

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Low-emission tugs for Iskes

But designer says market not yet ready for fuel cell power for harbour tugs IJmuiden-based Iskes Towage & Salvage has ordered two low-emission diesel-electric harbour tugs, designed by Offshore Ship Designers, from Dutch shipbuilder Damen with deliveries scheduled for mid-2013. The design is expected to reduce emissions by 30% compared to conventional, similar-sized harbour tugs now in service.Michiel Wijsmuller, managing director of OSD, says, "The design and demand for this low-emission tug stems from our successful work developing the zero-emission Green Tug design. Iskes was one of the key partners in that project. We can see the market is not yet ready for fuel cell power for harbour tugs, but we can take from the development work other aspects of the design which minimise emissions. This vessel will have a very refined and efficient hull form and a sophisticated power management system which will ensure that the gensets work always at their best efficiency."The 32-metre loa tugs will have a bollard pull of 70 tonnes and will be powered by three diesel gensets driving electric motors mounted over azimuthing propellers aft and a Voith in-line thruster forward. The Azistern 3270 tug design is a further development of the low-emission Azistern ...

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Rolls-Royce secures new equipment orders for tugs in China

Orders worth around 18 million Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announced orders worth around 18 million for the supply of Azimuth thrusters to power 18 new tugs being built in China.Qingdao and Yingkou Ports will take delivery of 12 new tugs, four of which will be the most powerful operating in China. Tangshan and Tangshan Cao Feidian Ports, located in the He Bei province of Northern China, have also placed orders for a total of six tugs.The 18 vessels will all be equipped with two Rolls-Royce Azimuth thrusters. The thrusters comprise an electric motor and a propeller which, as a combined unit can be rotated horizontally in any direction to manoeuvre the vessel without the need for a rudder.John Zhang, Rolls-Royce, Manager - Merchant, Greater China, said: "The multiple orders received demonstrate how our cutting edge marine technology is applied to meet our customers' evolving requirements. These exceptionally powerful and highly manoeuvrable thrusters are critical to supporting the continued growth of the Chinese tug market, and the important role tugs play in facilitating trade."Such highly powered tugs are new to Chinese ports and are a growing necessity to manoeuvre the largest ships now in operation around the globe. In ...

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MARAD approves Title XI Guarantee for Construction of Three 330.000 barrel ATBs

These new vessels will begin operating in the Gulf of Mexico The Maritime Administration​ has approved a $346,129,000 Title XI guarantee to Vessel Management Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crowley Holdings, Inc., for the construction of three 330,000 barrel double hull tug/barge units. VT Halter Marine, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi is constructing the barges and Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington has been retained to build the tugs.The Title XI Loan Guarantee program provides funding to promote the growth and modernization of U.S. shipyards and the U.S. merchant marine.VT Halter Marine has a separate contract with Vessel Management Services to design and build three 330,000-barrel, 750 series ATB barges.These new vessels, which will begin operating in the Gulf of Mexico starting in late 2011, will redefine the ATM industry. Designed to carry 330,000 barrels of refined product, with a double wall hull construction in compliance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, they provide a combination of carrying capacity, seaworthiness and speed unmatched by any class of ATB.-Twin Screw 16, 320 hp tug with Intercon notch connection-Redundant engine rooms in accordance with ABS requirements-Redundant steering system with oversize rudders for maximum handling capabilities-Approximate sea speed 15 knots-Meets full SOLAS ...

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Barge and tug run aground in Intracoastal north of Flagler Beach

A barge and tug boat got stuck A barge and tug boat got stuck in the Intracoastal Waterway at Fox Cut north of Flagler Beach this morning after running aground and destroying a dock.The barge got stuck at 3 a.m. and when the tide rose the boat was able to be on its way after noon.The U.S. Coast Guard investigated to see if the barge created hazard, which would have required the Coast Guard to issue an advisory to boaters, a spokeswoman said.Flagler County sheriff's spokeswoman Debra Johnson said it was an empty fuel barge on its way to Jacksonville.Robert Santacroce, who lives in Painters Walk north of Flagler Beach, said he heard a loud noise about 3 a.m. today andrealized something large was stuck."I knew it was something big," Santacroce said. "It had taken out my neighbor's dock and it's up on Island Estates. It would have taken a bridge out if it had hit a bridge," Santacroce said. "It's a huge barge and a huge tug."Source: Daytona Beach News Journal

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Sunken Lake Champlain Tugboat: small amount of oil found by commercial divers

The tugboat sank in 1963 but concern grew after an oil sheen was discovered above the wreck site Environmental officials feared the worst: Was a long-sunken tugboat a looming environmental disaster?For the past week, commercial divers braved the dark, cold depths of Lake Champlain to try to find out just what the tugboat wreck held. Was it the 14,000 gallons of diesel fuel that represented the worst-case scenario?The answers were revealed Tuesday: The tug's tanks contained no diesel fuel at all, though a small amount of lubricating oil was found trapped within the wreck's high spots.Buckley McAllister, vice president of the company that paid for much of the effort, seemed chagrined."In the process of this project, I estimate that we burned tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. ... There were no reported injuries. We are relieved that the project was completed safely," he said.The tugboat, the William H. McAllister, sank in 1963 and represents the last significant commercial shipwreck on the 120-mile lake between Vermont and upstate New York. It sat on the bottom unmolested for decades, but concern grew after an oil sheen was discovered above the wreck site in 1997.Working tugs used about 800 gallons of fuel ...

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Fuel monitoring system for new tug

Tug Malta has specified the Royston ''enginei 'fuel consumption monitoring system Maltese towage operator Tug Malta has specified the Royston ''enginei 'fuel consumption monitoring system for its newest tug, currently under construction at the Zamakona yard in Spain.The enginei(which is how the companyasks for the name to be written)system will supply data from all five diesel engines aboard the tug. These comprise two Caterpillar 3516 main engines, two Caterpillar 6.6 auxiliary engines and one Deutz BF4M1013M harbour genset. The enginei datataker will receive and process both digital and analogue data from sensors and flow meters on each of the engines. Royston says that this represents an advance in the technology that is enabling it to offer a more compact and cost effective product.The Royston enginei system can be applied to any diesel-powered vessel and works by measuring fuel flow and matching the data with its GPS location. Fuel consumption reductions of up to 20% have been achieved by enabling the operator to continuously calculate a vessel's "miles per gallon" and to correlate the information with its activity and speed. Because enginei is a measurement system it does not impose itself upon the vessel's controls in any way. However, by providing ...

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