Pacific Tug was established in 1965 by the first generation Peters Family, comprising of brothers Con and George Peters. They built a 45ft hard chine trawler christened ‘Tempest’ and began fishing professionally.
This foundation lead to the formation of a tug company when returning from a fishing trip the brothers offered assistance to a tug Master who was making very little progress in Moreton Bay. He accepted the offer and the next day the Works Manager for Harbour & Marine (H&M) enquired if the Peters brothers would be prepared to do their towing work in Moreton Bay – they accepted.
In addition to towing work, the Tempest also did stores runs, work with the H&M buoys and beacons department and the H&M construction division.
By 1968, the business was really getting off the ground and the brothers (now including Mick) leased an office at Bulimba to use as a base. More work followed and in May of 1969 the brothers commissioned their first Tug, the ‘Bora’. The hull was built by MBS Engineering in Archerfield and transported to Nicholls Slip at Hemmant where the wheel house was fitted and the vessel completed. With a great deal of pride, she was launched in April 1970.
The Bora’s first job was a tow to Weipa with Con as Master. She then headed off to Hay Point, Mackay to assist with work on the construction of the first coal wharf there. The Hay Point job lasted until December 1971. During this time, George and Mick were working the Tempest back in Brisbane either fishing or working for Harbours & Marine.
From these humble beginnings, the company flourished through the dredging, construction and coastal towing sectors for more than 20 years.By the mid 1980’s it owned and operated 18 marine craft consisting of tugs, barges and crew boats.
The policy then was to give professional service at a fair rate to the customer, have well-kept reliable plant and happy employees. ‘Nothing about this policy has changed in over 50 years’ Con said.
The majority of Pacific Tug assets were bought out by the Adelaide Steam Howard Smith Group in 1987, however the company remained with the Peters family.
By 2005, the three sons of Con Peters had completed their education and gained valuable industry knowledge and experience.
Pacific Tug was regenerated with Chris Peters, Master Mariner D.N.S., B.Bus as the CEO, ably supported by his brothers Sam, Personnel and Logistics Manager and Robert Peters, Maintenance Manager. Con Peters has an active role as Director, mentor and advisor to the company.
Today, the company continues to grow with highly experienced executive staff drawn from the marine and allied industries.