tugs http://wwno.org en Coast Guard Steps Up Inspections of Towboats http://wwno.org/post/coast-guard-steps-inspections-towboats <p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) &mdash; A new round of inspections of towboats and tugs is starting in July as part of a nationwide push by the Coast Guard to improve the safety of the nation&#39;s rivers and harbors.</p><p>Since a 2008 collision and oil spill near New Orleans involving an improperly licensed towboat captain, the Coast Guard has begun inspecting work boats across the nation.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 14:20:29 +0000 The Associated Press 10617 at http://wwno.org