Following a fleet renewal program that has increased the size of its fleet, the Great Lakes Towing Company is expanding its harbor towing and ice breaking services to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
The fleet renewal program began with the laying of ten keels in August 2016. Since then, the company has added five new Damen Stan 1907 ICE design tugs to its fleet, with the sixth set for delivery next month and the seventh in Spring 2022.
As well as improving the qualitym safety and reliability of the services the company provides to its customers, and it has also increased the size of the towing fleet. This has allowed the company to look for other areas to expand its area of operations and improve its Full Service Lakes-wide coverage.
There will now be two Great Lakes Towing Company tugs stationed in Sturgeon Bay full-time, including a former Navy YTB. The company says these tugs will offer timely services for vessels calling at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) and also provide strong ice breaking assets at the mid-southern end of Green Bay.
“We are excited to expand our services to better serve the Great Lakes maritime community. As we continue to grow our fleet, we will continue to seek out new and better ways to service the needs of our customers,” says Gregg Thauvette, executive vice president, operations, at the Great Lakes Towing Company. “A couple years ago we stationed a tug in Monroe (Michigan) and now we look forward to seeing you in Sturgeon Bay!”