The new 85-ft. tug, Mister T built by Blount/Barker Shipbuilding was delivered to its port of New York City on December 11. The vessel, which will be used for harbor and ocean towing of bulk material barges, is a 2,400 hp twin screw tug powered by two Cat 3512 engines; 4:1 twin gears and two kW generators will supply ships service power. The tug is keel-cooled and equipped with two four-blade propellers measuring 78 in. in diameter. The vessel is also equipped with two pushing winches and a 100,000 lb. Almond Johnson towing machine.
The construction of this vessel was based on the classic Blount design of the tugs Pathfinder and Usher built in 1969. The hull and superstructure was modified by Bristol Harbor Group
utilizing CNC cutting technology for lofting and cutting.