August 12 - A keel-laying ceremony has been held at Great Lakes Shipyard in Cleveland, Ohio for ten Damen Stan Tugs, which will be operated by The Great Lakes Towing Company.

These will be the first tugs to be designed and built to comply with the new Subchapter M Coast Guard regulations, said Damen.

The regulations, which came into effect in June 2016, set new standards of seaworthiness for the towage industry and also establish new rules for safety management, including protocols and inspection requirements, added the manufacturer.

In addition to their ice class specification, the tugs will be treated with special, high-endurance paint capable of withstanding the abrasion that comes with moving through ice.