The David J – the newest tug to join the growing fleet of Jones Marine Group – was launched with great fanfare at Sylte Shipyard in Maple Ridge on July 28. Owner Daryl Jones was joined by family, friends and the local shipping community to celebrate the launch of the vessel which will be put into service as the first tractor tug for the mid-Vancouver Island area. Named to honour the memory of Daryl’s father, the David J was blessed by Bob Wilson, Operations Manager for Jones Marine (and a minister in “another life”), and christened by sponsors Darla Johnston and Nea Miles, granddaughters of David Jones. Watch for the full story in the September issue of BC Shipping News. Thanks to Dave Roels for the photos (all are copyrighted and require permission for reprinting: email@example.com).