PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh-based marine services company has built two new tugboats, a reminder that the old business of pushing barges along rivers continues even in modern times.
Campbell Transportation christened the Renee Lynn and the Alice Jean at a riverside ceremony last week. The 65-foot-long, 24-foot-wide boats are the first new major vessels built in Pittsburgh in 30 years, the company said.
The Port of Pittsburgh ranked 21st in the nation in terms of total tonnage in 2011, which means it handled more traffic than ports in Philadelphia, Tampa, Fla., or Seattle, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Technically, the river tugs that push barges are called towboats, while those that push ships in harbors are called tugboats. But the general public calls them all tugboats.