Campbell Maritime, Your Source for Seattle Tugboat Services
Campbell Maritime specializes in ship & barge assist, escort services & the movement of project cargo in Puget Sound & the greater Seattle markets.
The tug RubyVIII, her captain, and crew are ready to move you and your ship or barge. In addition to our towing and ship assist services, we have a variety of small to medium sized spud and ramp barges available for rent or long term lease.
Call us today for scheduling, barge rentals or project brainstorming! We are available 24 hours by phone at 206.794.0232 or 206.794.0447 during business hours.
Additional marine services are provided in conjunction with and through Northern Marine Salvage, please visit their website for more information.
We had an interesting job the other day. Would you like to hear about it? So there we were, minding our own business, hanging around the office throwing wheat thins at each other, when the phone rang out. We were instructed to haul an empty barge downtown to one of the container terminals where we were going to help a container ship make some repairs to their anchors. Not every day we do that, maybe once every couple years something like that comes up.
So as instructed we reported to the container ship, and sure enough they lowered one of their pretty gigantic anchors onto the barge. The anchor in question was roughly the size of your house, with a chain to match it. Apparently though there was an issue with the shackle that connects the anchor to the end of the chain, and it was determined that the shackle ought to be replaced. It wasn't determined by me. I thought the shackle looked quite nice, but evidently someone smarter than me didn't like it. Not that that criteria narrows the field all that much of course.
Anyhow some big burly guys wrestled the old shackle out and a new one into place, and how they did that is beyond me, as these shackles literally weigh about 500 lbs each. Somehow they managed though, and after pounding the lead into it the ship winched their anchor back up into the hawsepipe and we called it a day. Very exciting I'm sure you'll agree. Actually part of it is kind of exciting, you see once that anchor is sitting on the deck of the barge it's pretty harmless, but it's when they're winching it back aboard that things get a little dicey. The crew doing the winching is was up on the deck of the ship where you can't them, and they don't necessarily speak English very well even if you could talk to them, and there's always at least a little chance that they might goof and drop the anchor right onto, and through, your barge. Thus you want to get out from under the blasted thing as soon as you possibly can, which we did.
I didn't get a photo of that job, although I think Heather did. I'll have to ask her for one, but in the meantime I'll try and find something else suitable to fill the space. Okay, we'll talk to you soon, Brian