Friday, December 26, 2014

Atlantic Teak at Woodside

The veteran Atlantic Towing Ltd tug Atlantic Teak is tied up at the Woodside dock in Dartmouth. The tug arrived just before Christmas, and was one of the last to pass through the Canso Canal, which closed December 24. The tug arrived from the west, after a summer of barge hauling. However it is so well painted that perhaps it had a refit en route back from the St.Lawrence.

Built in 1976 in Singapore as Essar it was purchased by ATL in 1979 and was renamed Irving Teak until becoming Atlantic Teak in a company wide renaming in 1996.
For the past several summers it has been towing barges to Hudson Bay in summer, using the massive towing winch, only partly visible in the above photo. It is a twin screw tug of 2320 bhp, with its KHD engines delivering 28 tonnes bollard pull. 

As Irving Teak the tug prepares to be hauled out at the Dartmouth Marine Slips in 1995. It is one of the few tugs on the east coast with an open flying bridge. Judging by the extended exhaust stacks in the current photo, I expect that it is still used  from time to time.


1 comment:

  1. The Teak actually works in berthing ships in Belledune and Dalhousie over the on-season, where it was replaced by the Atlantic Beech for the winter season as the Teak does not have sufficient ice class.