Operations History

The company’s first tug, the Bora was used to assist in the construction of the first wharf at Hay Point, Mackay Queensland in the early 70’s.

The fleet grew in 1972 with the purchase of the barge ‘Triton’ and workboat ‘Tornado’. In addition, in 1974 two more workboats were purchased, the ‘Belat’ and ‘Sarita’. At this stage the company was kept busy with general work in the Brisbane River and MoretonBay which included construction work, stores runs and barge and beacon work for Habour& Marine.

By 1975, Pacific Tug was working in the dredging industry on the Fishermans Island project undertaking dredge assist and crew transfer roles. The workboats ‘Typhoon’ and ‘Levanter’ joined the fleet.

In 1978, the crew boat ‘Saraji’ was purchased and Pacific Tug built the workboat ‘Seletan’ which is still in the fleet today.

In 1981, Pacific Tug purchased the vessels ‘Arnham’, ‘Nautilus’ & ‘Kuraba’ from West Ham in addition to the stores workboat Striker III (renamed Sumatra). Also in 1981, Pacific Tug was involved with the salvage of the container ship,Anro Asia off the north Coast of Bribie Island.

The high speed crew boat, ‘Pampero’ was purchased in 1982 and in 1984 Pacific Tug commenced work on the export wharf at Cape Flattery. By this time, Pacific Tug was also undertaking large towing jobs such as the towing of large Boral Gas tanks from Adelaide to Botany Bay.

In 1985, Pacific Tug built an Australian first – an integrated tug and barge system. The barge was constructed with a notch in the stern allowing the nose of the tug to lock into position using a special hydraulic coupling system. This set up allowed the two vessels roll as one and pitch individually. The combination carried 1800 ton of mineral from Stradbroke Island to Brisbane on a daily basis until 2012 when they were finally retired and replaced by a ‘later model’ tug and barge.

In the lead up to 1987, Pacific Tug had surfaced on the radar of larger corporations due to the impact it was having in the industry.

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.