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 Wärtsilä 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 Wärtsilä 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.