Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin – Robert L. Torres – Jacklyn M. – G. L. Ostrander

1976-Present

Articulated Tugboat, Bludworth Coupler; Paired with Barge Integrity

G. L. Ostrander in the notch of her barge Integrity, at Port Huron, Michigan, September 23, 2007. Photo by Roger LeLievre

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1976

Builder: Halter Marine, Pierre Part, LA

Hull #499

Registry: U.S. 571493

IMO #7501106

Laid Down: 1975

Launch Date: 1976

Commissioned: 1976

Paired Barges:

Construction

The G. L. Ostrander was built in 1976 by Halter Marine of Pierre Part, Louisiana, as the push tug Andrew Martin for Andrew Martin Marine Sea Service.

Modifications

  • Repowered, 1991.
  • Upper pilothouse raised, 1996.
  • Bludworth ATB connection system installed, 1996.
  • Repowered, 2002.

General Stats

Length Overall [Combined Tug & Barge]: 544′

Length Overall [Tug]: 140’02”

Breadth: 40’01”

Depth: 22’03”

Vessel Type: Articulated Tugboat

Propellers: 2

Rudders: 2


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Stork-Werkspoor, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Engine Model: —

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: —


Repower – 1991

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Caterpillar, Deerfield, IL

Engine Model: 3608

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: —


Repower – 2002

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: General Motors Electro-Motive Division, Chicago, IL

Engine Model: EMD 20-645-E5

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 7,200 BHP


History

Lineage

Andrew Martin – 1976-1990

Owner: Andrew Martin Marine Sea Service, Thibodaux, LA

Operator: Andrew Martin Marine Sea Service

Flag: United States

Home Port: New Orleans, LA


Robert L. Torres – 1990-1993

Owner: River Marine Contractors Inc.,

Operator: River Marine Contractors

Flag: United States

Home Port: —


Jacklyn M. – 1994-1995

Owner: Jacklyn Shipping, Tampa, FL

Operator: Jacklyn Shipping

Flag: United States

Home Port: Tampa, FL


Jacklyn M. – 1995-2004

Owner: LaFarge Holcim, Chicago, IL

Operator: Andrie, Inc., Muskegon, MI

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH


G. L. Ostrander – 2004-Present

Owner: LaFarge Holcim, Chicago, IL

Operator: Andrie, Inc., Muskegon, MI

Flag: United States

Home Port: Cleveland, OH


Fate

The G. L. Ostrander remains in service today, pushing the barge Integrity.


Her Story

The G. L. Ostrander was built in 1976 by Halter Marine of Pierre Part, Louisiana, as the push tug Andrew Martin for Andrew Martin Marine Sea Service. She entered service for Andrew Martin Marine in 1976.

In 1990, the Andrew Martin was sold to River Marine Contractors, being renamed Robert L. Torres. The Torres was repowered with a new Caterpillar diesel engine in 1991. She was sold again in 1993 to Jacklyn Shipping of Tampa, Florida, being renamed Jacklyn M. in 1994.

In 1995, Lafarge Holcim acquired the Jacklyn M., bringing her to the Great Lakes where she would have her upper pilothouse raised and be equipped with a Bludworth ATB connection system. She was paired with the newly-constructed self-unloading cement barge Integrity in 1996, and the pair entered service on August 6, 1996, departing Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for Alpena, Michigan, to load cement. Upon the pair entering service, the older steamers E. M. Ford and S. T. Crapo were laid up for the final time at the end of the season.

The Jacklyn M. was renamed G. L. Ostrander in 2004, after an executive at Lafarge. Operations continued as normal.

The Integrity / G. L. Ostrander continue to serve Lafarge cement, being operated and managed by Andrie, Inc. of Muskegon, Michigan.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on November 3, 2020


Gallery


Sources

Greenwood’s Guide to Great Lakes Shipping 2016, Harbor House Publishers, 2016. Pp. 6.9.

Pennock, Isaac. “G. L. Ostrander”. Great Lakes Tugs & Workboats. N.d. Accessed 6 October 2020. <https://gltugs.wordpress.com/g-l-ostrander/>