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Two new tugs arrive in Twin Ports

A group of people watch as two new tugs from Belfast, Maine, the Edward H. (left) and Taurus, head toward the Duluth ship canal on Tuesday afternoon. Heritage Marine will replace the current Edward H. and Nels J. with the boats. The Taurus will be renamed the Nels J. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com1 / 4
Boatwatchers wave to the Taurus, a new tugboat from Maine that will be added to the Heritage Marine fleet, as it moves through the Duluth ship canal on Tuesday afternoon. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com2 / 4
The Edward H. (left) and Taurus (to be renamed the Nels J.) make their way under the Aerial Lift Bridge and into the Duluth harbor on Tuesday. Heritage Marine is upgrading their fleet with the new tugboats. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com3 / 4
The Edward H. (right) and Taurus (to be renamed the Nels J.) arrive in Duluth Tuesday shortly before 1:30 p.m. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com4 / 4

Two tugboats arrived in Duluth on Tuesday to replace two of Heritage Marine's current tugboats, the Edward H. and Nels J.

The new tugboats — the Taurus (to be renamed the Nels J.) and the Edward H. (formerly the Fort Point) — traveled to Duluth from Belfast, Maine, via the St. Lawrence Seaway, said Heritage Marine owner Mike Ojard. The tugs will have some cleanup work done to them and then be in use in about a month.

"What we're trying to do is upgrade the fleet, get a little more modern boats, more highly maneuverable and certainly more horsepower," Ojard said.

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