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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North Arm Diligent

North Arm Diligent - 2013-09-05

North Arm Transport's North Arm Diligent - a tug I see regularly as North Arm does a scheduled fuel delivery service to the mid and north coast. In the top 2 photos she was heading north on the Strait with her tow, the barge North Arm Genesis. All the North Arm tugs and most of the barges carry the pink colour, making them easy to spot on the water.

Length: 19.93m Breadth: 6.89m Draft: 2.83m Power: 980 BHP Year Built: 1971

North Arm Genesis - 2013-09-05

North Arm Diligent - 2013-07-12

North Arm Transportation fuel tanker ATL 810 - 2013-07-12

North Arm Diligent - 2013-02-26

North Arm Transporter - 2012-11-23


  1. It's good to see the tugs back on-line Paul! I hope things are better for you this time around.

  2. I have been visiting from time to time to see the tug boats.

  3. I just rediscovered you via Stephanie's blog. Welcome back. Love the tugs. - Margy


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