Great Lakes Shipyard lays keels for first tugs to be built in compliance with Subchapter M regulations
Great Lakes Shipyard has laid keels for the first of 10 Damen Stan Tugs 1907 ICE to be built for The Great Lakes Towing Company. This milestone marks the beginning of a new construction program to introduce two new harbor tugs per year for the next five years at the shipyard’s facility in Cleveland, Ohio.
Built to ABS Class, GLS Hull Numbers 6501–6510 will be the first tugs built to meet the new U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations. A keel laying ceremony was held August 10 and attended by the following partners:
- U.S. Coast Guard
- American Bureau of Shipping
- Damen Shipyards
- Fifth Third Bank
- Great Lakes Shipyard
- The Great Lakes Towing Company
“This new construction program is further evidence of the innovative spirit the towing company has always embraced since its founding over 117 years ago, and reflects the commitment we have to our customers and the entire Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway marine transportation industry. We continuously strive to improve the quality and safety of our products and services and how well they are delivered to our customers. As leaders in the industry, we believe we have an obligation to make sure our customers receive the best service possible,” said Joe Starck, President of The Great Lakes Towing Company.
Starck continued, explaining how the new tugs will enhance its fleet and help to sustain the quality of its services at the highest level of safety.
“The new tugs will replace existing equipment—as each new tug is introduced into our fleet, two existing tugs will be retired from service,” he said. “These 10 new tugs will stabilize our operations and improve our day-to-day business. The tugs, with the modern equipment and automated machinery onboard, will be ideal for the long-term sustainability of our harbor towing activities and provide our customers with an even greater level of reliability, performance and safety across our entire Great Lakes service network.”