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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Island Defender

Island Defender - 2015-08-13

Island Defender - Island Tug and Barge has a number of fuel barges that they use to  bring fuel to communities up and down the coast. The Island Defender is one of the tugs they use to tow these barges, and we used to see her here often. Now that our fuel comes up the coast via fuel trucks the Island Defender is only seen when she comes to the mill with a "slurry" barge from Graymont's PCC plant in Tacoma, WA.

Length: 19.96m Breadth: 7.28m Draft: 2.83m Power: 940 BHP Year Built: 1977

Island Defender - 2013-08-07

Island Defender - 2013-08-07

Graymont barge PCC Provider - 13-08-07

Island Defender - 2013-07-20

Island Defender - 2013-07-20

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