Eastern Shipbuilding Group Launches ATB

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. was scheduled to launch an ABS Classed 150 x 46 x 27-ft. ATB Ocean Going Tug at its Allanton facility in on  February 15. is being constructed for U.S. Shipping Partners, L.P. of along with two sister ships.
is the first of three ABS-Classed 150-ft. ATB tugs currently under construction at Eastern’s Allanton facility.   The vessel is designed and engineered by Guarino & Cox of , and is classed under the ABS rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels Under 295 ft.  in length. 
This series of 150-ft. ATB tugs offers several unique design features including an articulated tug and barge (ATB) connection system provided by Intercon.  The vessel is capable of being powered by both heavy fuel oil as well as # 2 marine diesel fuel oil.  To operate the tug while on heavy fuel oil, a thermal oil heating system has been installed with heavy fuel oil pumps and thermal oil piping all provided by S -Man/American United Marine.         
The 12,000 hp heavy fuel oil propulsion package is provided by W
ärtsilä Marine as a single source supplier and it consists of two Wärtsilä 9L32 main engines, two reduction gears, two LIPS/ Wärtsilä controllable pitch propellers (CPP)  with 155 in. diameter  installed in Kort nozzles and twin high  lift rudders. 
The vessel’s electrical power is provided by two W
ärtsilä Marine 500kW shaft generators, one Volvo Penta/Wärtsilä Marine 350kW heavy fuel generator and one Volvo Penta/ Wärtsilä Marine 150kW heavy fuel generator emergency generator. 

The vessel has the following capacities:

Heavy Fuel Oil                                                      225,700 Gallons

Diesel Fuel Oil                                                      27,800 Gallons

Fresh Water                                                          18,400 US Gallons

Ballast Water                                                        124,000 Gallons

Accommodations                                                 17 persons            


The will be paired up with a 160,000 barrel barge being constructed by another shipyard in the and is due to be delivered later this year.

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