Great Lakes Towing Company’s new harbor tug completes first assist at Port of Cleveland

Cleveland assists Federal Saguenay at the Port of Cleveland.

Great Lakes Towing Company’s new tug Cleveland completed her first harbor assist in July. Cleveland is the first tugboat to be built in the United States to meet the new U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M Regulations. Cleveland assisted the M/V Federal Saguenay July 17 for Montreal-based Fednav, Canada’s largest ocean-going dry bulk shipping company. The vessel arrived at the Cleveland Main Entrance, where the new harbor tug began the assistance, turning the bulk carrier with fleetmate tug Illinois for a stern-first placement at the Port of Cleveland Dock 26. The M/V Federal Saguenay originated from Ebsjerg, Denmark and made a stop in Cleveland while en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Cleveland’s crew included Capt. Brad Sheppard and deckhand Tim McKenna. The Illinois’ crew included Capt. Scott Baker and crewmen Branden Fadenholz and Aaron Burnett.

The Great Lakes Towing Company’s shipyard, known as Great Lakes Shipyard, launched the Cleveland at the company’s headquarters May 25, and the shipyard delivered the tugboat to the towing company June 30. Present on the portside and starboard side of Cleveland is a white “workhorse” logo, paying homage to The Great Lakes Towing Company’s tugs from the early 1900s, which were known as the “Workhorses of the Great Lakes.”

Maritime Editorial