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BGE tugboats moved to docks near Cox Creek


The tugboats that pull Patapsco River fuel barges for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s two coal-fired plants in Pasadena have moved to refurbished docks near Cox Creek.

The boats moved from BGE's Riverside Power Plant in Baltimore, where they were docked for 11 years, to be closer to the utility's two largest coal-fired plants, Brandon Shores and Wagner off Fort Smallwood Road, said John Garrison, a power company supervisor.

The outmoded oil-burning Riverside units were closed last year, but the boats remained berthed there even though they were no longer needed.

"It makes sense to move the tugs," Mr. Garrison said.

BGE expects to save about $100,000 a year by moving the tugboat docks. The company spent about $150,000 to modify the docks for the tugboats.

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