This past August, Blount-Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract with Sea Wolf Marine
of Bayonne, N.J. to build a 2,400-hp, 85-ft. (25.9 m) double chine, all welded twin-screw tug set for delivery in April 2002.
Bristol Harbor Group has been contracted to modify the Blount classic 85-ft. (25.9-m) tug design to take advantage of CNC (computerized numeric controlled) cutting.
The tug will be powered by two CAT 3512 engines; 4:1 twin gears and two 65kW generators will supply ship service power. Keel cooled and equipped with two, four-blade stainless steel propellers measuring 70-78-in. in diameter, the tug will be used for marine towing along the inland and intracoastal waterways on the East Coast.