McAllister Towing mourns the passing of Captain Michael L. Ring. Mike had over 50 years of experience in the maritime industry and joined the McAllister family in the 1970’s in our Puerto Rico operations. In the early 1990’s, Mike joined McAllister Towing of Florida as a Tug Master, was promoted to Operations Manager and in 1995 was elevated to the position of Vice President and General Manager. Captain Ring eventually was promoted to Vice President of Southeast Operations overseeing McAllister operations in Jacksonville, Port Everglades and San Juan. Mike retired in 2021 but remained in the McAllister family as a valuable consultant. Many current and former McAllister employees hold fond memories of Captain Ring. Jacksonville Docking Pilot Bobby Johnson remarked, “I worked with Capt. Ring on the tugs when I was 16 as his deckhand. Back then, McAllister was recovering from the strike and Mike was focused on getting the company through everything. He went after a variety of work to keep us afloat and when he took over as GM, began to assemble a loyal core group of employees here in Jacksonville. Captain Ring is one of the most respected men in the local maritime circle. He believed in growing talent from the ground up. He truly saw the good in people and encouraged everyone to be their best. Most of all he was humble and just asked one thing of all of us, in his words "be a good human".” Captain Charles W. Runnion, current VP of Southeast Operations and Port Everglades General Manager, who worked with Capt. Ring for over 30 years, added “Mike was a friend and a mentor, and will be sorely missed. If it wasn’t for Capt. Ring, I wouldn’t be where I am today. His maritime knowledge was unsurpassed, and he was fond of sharing it with me. Most importantly, I was honored and privileged to have a close and personal relationship with him and his family, which allowed me to witness him as a devoted family man, a principle that should be followed by all.” We have lost a dear friend, teammate and exceptional mariner. May Captain Ring’s memory be a blessing to all those who knew him and may the Lord grant him fair winds and following seas.
McAllister Towing was proud to be the wreath sponsor at the 2023 National Maritime Day memorial service in NYC. The ceremony was held in front of the American Merchant Mariners Memorial, which was dedicated on Oct. 8th, 1991, in Battery Park.
The service included remarks from Captain Zeita Merchant, Captain of the Port of NY/NJ USCG, and paid tribute to "The 142 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy cadets who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II and all Merchant Mariners, past and present, for the sacrifices they have endured and continue to endure."
The tug Patrice McAllister and other New York harbor tugs were on hand to pay their respects to all Merchant Mariners.
Congratulations to our Chairman & CEO Brian Buckley McAllister on being elected to the International Maritime Hall of Fame by the Maritime Association of the Port of New York & New Jersey.
“The maritime industry has met the demand of unprecedented boom and has adapted skillfully to meet the ever-changing evolution of commerce, safety, security and sustainability,” Stephen Lyman, MAPONY/NJ executive director, said. “This honor is reserved for those who have made a lasting difference in our industry and helped advance all aspects of the global transportation industry. This year’s five leaders have earned their place in the industry and in the International Maritime Hall of Fame 2023.”
Congratulations to JAXPORT! On May 9th, the Port of Jacksonville set a record for largest container ship received when it welcomed the ONE Stork into the Blount Island terminal. The ONE Stork is 1,194 feet long with a capacity of 14,026 TEU besting the previous record by more than 2,000 TEU.
Numerous spectators along the St. John's River were delighted as they watched McAllister tugs Janet McAllister, New River and Vicki McAllister assist the massive container ship on the two-hour journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the terminal.
Bravo to the Captains and crews aboard the tugs and to the team at McAllister Towing of Florida who coordinated on this record-breaking arrival. Thank you to Docking Pilot Bobby Johnson for the photos.
What a great day at Washburn & Doughty as they launched the Jane McAllister. The Jane is the first of three new 93'x38' tier IV, 84 metric ton bollard pull tractor tugs that will be joining the McAllister fleet. These tugs will further enhance McAllister operations in the ability to service its customers largest ships and bring McAllister’s tractor fleet to 39 tugs with a total of over 182,000 horsepower.
The new 6,770-hp tugs will be powered by 3516E Tier 4 Caterpillar engines with twin Schottel SRP 490 Z-drive units and Markey winches on the bow and stern. Sister vessel EILEEN MCALLISTER achieved over 84 metric tons during her ABS bollard pull certification and McAllister anticipates the same or better performance.
Stay tuned to see which location she will be arriving at and also on the development of her sister vessels Grace and Isabel.