Tugboats, the semi's of the ocean. They pass Powell River pulling logbooms, construction barges, scows of hogfuel and chips for the local paper mill, train barges, barges loaded with
semi-trailers and chemical tankers and more. And I take their pictures as they pass.

Here you will find some of the photos I have taken of those tugboats as they pull their tows up and down Malaspina Strait and the surrounding waters. Big ones and little ones, good looking tugs and some not so.
I like them all, and if you like tugs - including tugs converted to other uses - I invite you to have a look.

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Hodder Breeze

Hodder Breeze - 2020-09-30

Hodder Breeze - the last time she was here, in 2012, she was the Storm Breeze (bottom), a Ledcor Transportation boat. She was purchased by Hodder Tug in 2019 and they renamed her the Hodder Breeze. Despite the time span, she was doing the same job, hauling the City Transfer drop-trailer barge between Richmond and Powell River and back. She was born as the Evco Breeze, for Ocean Cement.

Length: 19.29m Breadth: 6.22m Draft: 2.99m Power: 760 BHP Year Built: 1964

 

Hodder Breeze - 2020-09-26

 

Hodder Breeze - 2020-09-26

 

Hodder Breeze and the City Transfer Drop-Trailer Barge - 2020-09-26

 

Hodder Breeze - 2020-07-21


Hodder Breeze - 2020-07-21

City Transfer Drop-Trailer Barge - 2020-07-21



Storm Breeze - 2012-06-15

Storm Breeze - 2012-06-15

Storm Breeze - 2012-06-15




Saam Shark

Saam Shark - 2020-07-14


Saam Shark - a first for a Saam Towage boat in Powell River, she is shown doing the City Transfer drop-trailer barge tow from the local Catalyst Mill harbour to their terminal in Richmond.

She was built in Langley, BC by Barrie A.Brown Ltd in 1992. Ex-Smit Shark, ex-Tiger Shark

Length: 14.97m Breadth: 6.4m Draft: .34m Power: 1788 BHP Year Built:1992

Saam Shark - 2020-07-14
 
Saam Shark - 2020-07-10


Saam Shark - 2020-07-10

Saam Shark - 2020-07-10

Saam Shark - 2020-07-10


Seaspan Raider

Seaspan Raider - 2020-07-03


Seaspan Raider - she is a regular visitor to Texada Island, where her barge takes on a load of crushed rock. The Raider, and her sister the Seaspan Rogue, are the 2nd largest boats in the Seaspan fleet.

Length: 33.7m Breadth: 10.6m Draft: 4.2m Power: 2646 KW Year Built:2006


Seaspan Raider - 2020-07-03

Seaspan Raider and Seaspan 250 - 2020-07-03

Seaspan Raider - 2020-07-03

Jervis Crest

Jervis Crest - 2020-02-14

Jervis Crest - the ex-Stormcrest, built by Alberni Engineering & Shipyards in 1970 for Egmont Towing & Sorting. She was purchased by Thunder Bay Tugs of Powell River in 2015. Behind her in the top photo is Vivian Island, Texada Island in the second photo. She was running light on Malaspina Strait

Length: 13.90m Breadth: 6.37m Draft: 3.08m Power: 855 BHP Year Built: 1970

Jervis Crest - 2020-02-14

Gemini Warrior


Gemini Warrior - 2020-01-30

Gemini Warrior - a new tug to the coast, she was built in 2019 by Sylte Shipyards of Maple Ridge for Gemini Marine Services. They use her to supply fish food to the fish farms along the coast.

Length: 16.86m Breadth: 8.08m Draft: 4.29m Power: 1119KW Year Built: 2019

Gemini Warrior - 2020-01-30

Gemini Warrior - 2020-01-30