Pittsburgh gets 2 new tugs, 1st built in 30 years

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh-based marine services company has built two new tugboats, a reminder that the old business of pushing barges along rivers continues even in modern times.

Campbell Transportation christened the boats at a riverside ceremony last week. The company says the 65-foot-long, 24-foot-wide boats are the first new vessels built in Pittsburgh in 30 years, and they expect them to be in service for up to 50 years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Pittsburgh ranked 21st in the nation in terms of total tonnage in 2011, ahead of ports in Philadelphia, Tampa, Fla., and Seattle.

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission says there are encouraging long-term signs for local river business but also serious maintenance problems with locks and dams.

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