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Interesting Launch for

Interesting Tugs

Cummins / Haig-Brown

The ownership of the Canadian ? rm loaded onto Dynamic’s 330 by 120-ft. weight evenly. by lashing down heavy mooring lines

Island Tug and Barge has changed with barge which has a 900-ton Manitowoc By mid-afternoon all was in place. A the tug was steadied about 20 feet above the purchase by the U.S. parent com- M-1200 Ringer crane mounted on a 60- ? nal safety check and procedural con- the waters of Burrard Inlet and, with the pany Tidewater Inc. The ? rm is now ft. diameter ring as well as a 230 Ton ference was called and about 20 men crew that built her watching, she began known as Island Tug. The second tug, Manitowoc 4100 crawler crane. This gathered in a circle to review roles and a stately descent. The built crew, who with the hull and superstructure com- delicate but massive RoLo operation responsibilities. A detailed check list had been given the day off to watch pleted and with the Cummins K38s was completed over the weekend and was run through and a designated signal their masterpiece meet the water, took installed still requires more work, was the barge, with the two tugs on deck, man, Darin (Dawg) Ellis, was identi? ed. sel? es and smart phone pictures of the also launched in early May of 2018. was towed down the river and around to He would talk to the crane operator, Bob tug as she touched the water. Then they

The vessels were built in a warehouse the Port of Vancouver, BC ready for a Miller, who had been restlessly prowl- jumped aboard before all the weight on the Fraser River. With no launching Monday launch. ing his huge red machine checking and came off the slings to make sure that all facility and a railway track between the Lifting two 384-ton tugs, even with rechecking details while positioning the was as it should be below decks.

yard and the steep bank of the river, it a 900 ton capacity crane is no casual huge spreader bars for the crew. Finally, after the all clear was given, took some innovative heavy lifting. At task. The Dynamic Heavy Lift crew put After a couple of ? nal adjustments the the boat was lowered to her marks. It the yard, Self-Propelled Modular Trans- in a long day’s work preparing and set- word went to the crane operator to take would be towed over to the owner’s porters (SPMTs) were moved under the ting the heavy cable straps according to up all the slack and begin the lift. Fi- dock where ? nally details of her com- tug. They then rolled it over wooden a meticulously drawn diagram and set nally light showed between the wooden pletion were dealt with prior to sea tri- beams laid overtop the railway tracks of speci? cations. These included a se- blocks set on steel pillars and the huge als. If there was relief from stress on and on onto the 12,000 dwt barge Dy- ries of three heavy spreader bars, each tug was airborne. As had been planned the part of the Mammoet and Dynamic namic Beast moored in the river. at right angles to the one above, sup- the tug was lifted high enough to clear Heavy Lift crew they didn’t show it.

The launch job was contracted to porting four double slings the extended all equipment on the barge deck and ? - With quiet professionalism they began

Mammoet and Dynamic Heavy Lift under the 384 ton tug’s hull at precisely nally over one end of the barge. getting the rigging ready for the lift of to RoLo the tugs. Both tugs were determined positions. This divided the With crew members steadying the tug the second tug.

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