The Penobscot Bay Tractor Tug Co. is a business that plays a vital role in the state’s and region’s commerce, helping ships from around the world dock at ports in nearby Searsport and Bucksport, delivering liquid fuels and bulk cargoes.
Tugboats are the work horses of the maritime world, and seem, by design, to be steady, sure-footed, and safe. But the April Commercial Fisheries News reports on an odd, and probably unusual, tugboat mishap.
Direct tourism spending was $6 billion in 2017, supporting about 106,000 jobs. Spending on tourism-related recreation grew by 8.5 percent last year, and overnight visitation increased by about 7 percent.