Great Lakes Towing repositions tug to Duluth, enhances capabilities of current fleet for new season
The Great Lakes Towing Company repositioned its tug Huron to Duluth, Minnesota January 2 to enhance capabilities for icebreaking, harbor assist and other services essential to commercial shipping in the Duluth-Superior region. Huron’s first icebreaking operation of 2017 took place January 4, when she assisted Canada Steamship Lines’ M/V Thunder Bay in the Port of Duluth.
The dedicated and dependable harbor fleet in Duluth now includes Huron, in addition to tugs Arkansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, giving the fleet “fresh legs” for the upcoming icebreaking battle. This ensures the first-class harbor assist, towing and icebreaking services that commercial shippers expect in the Port of Duluth will continue for years to come.
“The towing company offers 365/24/7 service with experienced full-time crews so that our customers always receive consistent and dependable service. With a full-service Lakes-wide towing contract, including icebreaking and other ancillary services, our customers gain an added level of safety and seamanship to protect their crew, equipment and the environment—wherever their vessels may call on the Great Lakes. It’s added insurance,” said Joseph P. Starck, Jr., President, The Great Lakes Towing Company.
The towing company plans to bring two more former YTBs into service during 2017. These additional tugs will be strategically stationed in other ports where icebreaking services are normally required.