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Moran Towing Tugboats, Portsmouth NH

Moran Towing Tugboats
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Moran Towing maintains at least three and often four tugs in Portsmouth to assist with river traffic that brings several million tons of cargo a year - coal, natural gas, road salt, and products for a Foreign Trade Zone - up the the Piscataqua River and through Portsmouth Harbor.

It can be a challenging job. While deep and ice-free, the Piscataqua is also the third-fastest tidal river in North America and extremely narrow by shipping standards.

As a result, the tugs operate only at "slack tide," periods of about an hour twice a day when the incoming tide temporarily balances the outgoing current of the river.

Location: 34 Ceres St., Portsmouth, NH
Hours: Not open to public; viewable from nearby streets.

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