Saturday, 25 January 2014

Towing and recovery charge and fees changes

There will be changes in towing and recovery fees and charges which will come into effect from next Saturday.

It was confirmed in November last year by the Commerce Commission that the towing and recovery fees and charges will be reduced to $41.14 for vehicles whose gross weight don’t exceed 3,000kg and that are within the 5km town boundary.

Commerce Commission Chairman Dr Mahendra Reddy said after consultation with the municipal councils, they have sure to increase the charges to $51.14.

Reddy said $10 from this amount will go towards the public councils for their capital developments. The current towing charge is around $80.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Second Time Sale for Marcon Broker Tugboat

The Stevens Towing of Charleston, South Carolina has sold their U.S.A flag; twin screw tugs Island Fox to private foreign buyers. Marcon International, Inc. adds that they acted as broker for the sellers, to whom Marcon sold the vessel in 2006 from the West Coast.

The 85’ x 30’ x 11’ depth tug was built in 1981 at Dakota Creek Shipyard in Anacortes, Washington as the Arctic Fox for Bering Marine of Seattle. It was first designed and built as a flexible boat for working both in the rough, cold coastal waters and the shallow rivers of Alaska. Island Fox is ice strengthen and shallow draft, having a tunneled stern with propellers in fixed kort nozzles set up into the stern to allow for a ready draft of abt. 6.0’ light for river work.

The tug is also able to be ballasted down to an approx. loaded draft of about 8.5 - 9.0’ for coastal towing service. Propulsion is provide by a pair of CAT D398 diesels, producing a total of 1,700BHP 1,225RPM and Reintjes WAV 1050 gears with 3.95:1 lessening and capacities include 32,330g fuel, 446g lube oil and 1,650g fresh water.

Towing gear consists of a single drum Markey TYS-24 winch with 25,000lbs of line pull and capacity for 1,350’ of 1 ¾” wire, plus hydraulic tow pins and stern roller. Island Fox is also fitted with 2 electric barge winches mounted just aft of the house, with fairleads leading forward, and a push knee on the bow for making up to the stern of barges while in the pushing mode. Crew accommodation is provided in 3 single and two double berth staterooms.

The 32 year-old tugs in good quality condition, having just come off contract. She also has a valid ABS load line good through August 2016. “Island Fox” is being delivered on her own bottom by the Buyer to her new home in the Caribbean. Buyers request their name be kept confidential for commercial reasons.

Marcon say that they have sold or chartered a total of 367 tugs and AHTSs toting up over 1,260,000BHP since 1981.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Towing service ordinance passed by Montgomery City Council

The Montgomery City Council voted to pass a new ordinance that will have consequences for some drivers.

City leaders voted 8-1 to approve a new measure that will result in a person car being towed if they are involved in an accident and do not have a driver's license or auto insurance. The council has tabled the issue several times in the past 2 years because members could not come to an agreement on how the law should be written. That is, until Tuesday.

A committee meeting decided Tuesday that the version before it would be the final version to go before the city council, and when it was brought to the floor it passed by an 8-1 margin. Only Councilman Arch Lee voted against it.

The ordinance says that anyone involved in an accident that doesn't have a driver's The driver will then be forced to pay the ticket fees and the towing fee, a cost that could exceed more than $600.

There is a delay in relation to the auto insurance portion but the state of Alabama does not have adequate technology to verify a driver's auto insurance. Once the state works out the issues with that system, the city of Montgomery will start towing cars belonging to drivers without insurance.

There is no delay for the driver license portion of the ordinance and it will be put into effect 10 days after Mayor Todd Strange signs the ordinance. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Municipality new towing rules hooked

The District of West Kelowna is changing the way it works with towing companies. Previously, the municipality used a 'Rotational Towing and Storage List Policy.

In essence, when the district required vehicles towed it allowed towing companies to conduct the service on a turning basis.

That policy was rescinding Tuesday.

Now, West Kelowna will go with a single towing company on a contract basis. The contract will be for 3 years with an option for 2 additional years based on performance.

The tender will be awarded to the highest bidder which meets the strict criteria set out by the municipality. Up until now, the District of West Kelowna has not been compensated by towing companies registered on the rotation.

At the current time there are two companies on the towing rotation, Mario's Towing and Del Oro Towing. Towing services up for bid are for the removal of abandoned, broken down or inoperable motor vehicles due to accidents or breakdowns.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Door County Marine added new boat towing service

Door County Marine President Jon Kruse announce this fall that the company is offering emergency boat towing and salvage services to boaters in central Door County.

Utilizing a vessel at first built by Sensation Yachts for the 30th America Cup in New Zealand, T-One, as she is warmly known, is a workhorse with speed, function and comfort, Kruse said. The 43-foot, aluminum-hulled vessel is commercial-grade to New Zealand Maritime Standards and was originally the principal Auckland Maritime vessel for the America Cup in the year 2000.

Budget limitations are restricting the Coast Guard ability to answer to non-life threatening urgent situation calls from boaters, Kruse said. With this increased need for Commercial Towing Services T-One can step right in with the size and power to tow personal pleasure boats of almost every size, or to handle the rough seas that are common to Lake Michigan.

Kruse said when he learned T-One was available to bring to Sturgeon Bay; he knew it was a good chance to provide a valuable service to boaters in Door County. The new boat engines have been upgraded and the Hypalon cushion tubes surrounding the hull make it ideal to meet the towing needs of the boating public, he said.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Lawsuit filed to towing undercover cars

A lawsuit seeking $5 million has been filed against 6 officers from 3 law enforcement agencies, as well as the Keizer Police Department.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court last month, was filed on behalf of Gary Dental, owner of Bales and Brady Towing West in Salem, and his employees Bradley Kelley and Timothy Hall.

The case centers on a January 2012 incident in which covertly officers demanded their cars – registered under fake names – be released after being towed to a lock away lot from an apartment in Salem. Kelley and Hall were under arrest for obstructing governmental administration and taken to the Polk County Jail.

The officers were serving a search warrant at the time of the towing. Due to the fake registration names, officers could not provide the necessary proof of ownership. According to a May 2012 letter from attorney Kevin Lafky, Hall was on the phone with Dental when he and Kelley were arrested.

The Salem Police Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency were also named in the suit. Shannon Johnson, city attorney for Keizer, declined to comment this week. This past January, Hall and Kelley were cleared of charges in Polk County Circuit Court. At the time, their lawyer strongly hinted a lawsuit would be coming.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Towing and recovery offers reward to take vandals

Local business owner is giving the offering a reward in hopes it will lead to information about the identities of persons vandalizing his towing and recovery action.

Louis Syms, the owner of Syms Towing, says the acts of vandalism are an ongoing problem for his business and he would like to locate out that is responsible.

All time I go up there to the storage area there are more acts of vandalism, says Syms. They break all car windows, even the tail lights, and they spray paint their names on the cars as well.