Harbour tugs steal show in Boomtown production
BOOMTOWN may involve more than 300 talented local performers, but Jason Hodgson always suspected that two tugs might steal the show.
The MIPEC assistant marine manager is behind the wheel of the Hammerhead tug for the epic musical, and he said two tugs took naturally to the watery stage.
"I've never heard of tug ballet before, which is what they called it to us," he said about the first proposal that the contractor's boats be involved.
"But the tugs were locally built and designed, so it did make sense they be a part of it."
The Hammerhead and the Sledgehammer, along with bigger boat the Saratoga, all have key roles in Boomtown.
Together, Jason estimates they're worth close to $9 million - and he said they were products of Gladstone's industry boom.
"We had to juggle their schedule, and we did have to ask our clients' permission to participate," he said.
The tugs have also been key players in the LNG development on Curtis Island, as well as Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal.
MIPEC started up in Gladstone more than eight years ago, and local Jason has been working with them for nearly as long.
While he doesn't expect performance to be a regular part of the boats' future schedule, he said it was great to be a part of the epic event.
"It's good to see something like Boomtown in Gladstone - everyone always whinges that there's nothing to do. Well yes there is!" he said.