Tug Crews Honored

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Port Norfolk

Mideast Division

Fast Action Prevents Big Losses

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Virginia Maritime Association honored the crews of two Vulcan Materials Company tugboats for swift action during severe weather.

High winds and storms hit the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River at Norfolk, Virginia in March 2018. Crews from Vulcan’s Captain Ron L and Captain Hank sprung into action, catching drifting barges and vessels that had broken away from their moorings. The Vulcan crews were able to stop the unsecured vessels and prevent potential damage to a rail bridge and tank barges.

According to the Virginia Maritime resolution, their actions “prevented serious damage to property and potential environmental losses, as well as disruption of rail service for goods traded through the Port of Hampton Roads.”

Boat Captain

Capt. Ron Edmondson

A letter from the Coast Guard said: “The actions your personnel took denotes the professionalism of your company and serves as another example of the synergy necessary between all Port Partners to ensure for the safety, security, and economic vitality of the Port of Hampton Roads.”