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New U.S.-Flagged Articulated Tug-Barge Makes Inaugural Call to Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral added another new vessel call when the largest articulated tug-barge (ATB) built in the Northeastern United States made its inaugural call to the Port. Staten Island, N.Y.-based Reinauer Transportation’s brand-new vessel, the tug Bert Reinauer and the barge RTC 165,berthed recently at North Cargo Pier 2 on its second voyage, discharging a cargo of fuel to Seaport Canaveral’s storage facility. In Port tradition, Port officials presented Bert Reinauer Capt. Russell Armstrong with a plaque marking the vessel’s first visit.

“The arrival of the Bert Reinauer to Port Canaveral is another example of the Port’s key role in supporting economic growth in Central Florida,”Port CEO Captain John Murray stated. “Through improvements to berth infrastructure and our channel and turning basin, we have enhanced our ability to accommodate increased cargo volumes and more diverse commerce.”

Built as an international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea)-rated unit by Senesco Marine LLC of North Kingstown, R.I., the Bert Reinauer ATLANTIC II-class tug measures 124 feet by 40 feet and is “married” with the 515-foot-by-74-foot-by-41-foot double-hulled barge, which has a capacity of 155,000 bbl.

 RTC 165 is a grade “A” clean service barge with four independent, segregated cargo systems that can load or discharge up to four products at the same time.

After leaving Port Canaveral, the tug-barge headed to Texas before returning to New York.


Led by the elected five-member Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners and Port Director and CEO, Captain John Murray, Port Canaveral is one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting ports. A world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation and logistics, as well as a gateway to new frontiers, including space, Port Canaveral hosts more than 4 million revenue cruise passengers through its state-of-the-art terminals and 6 million tons of cargo annually, including bulk, break-bulk, project, and containerized. The Port is strategically located to service all Florida markets, as well as the Southeastern United States. In addition to world class cruise facilities and diverse cargo operations, Port Canaveral offers more recreational opportunities than all other Florida deep-water seaports combined, including public parks, free public boat ramps, marinas, an entertainment district, and the seven-story interactive exhibit and event venue Exploration Tower. For more information, visit

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