McAllister Towing continues its long, 150-plus year hisory of serving the maritime industry announcing investment in two new boats sporting the latest technology.
McAllister Towingis announced that Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, AL, will build 100 x 40-ft. Escort/Rescue tugs for the company, vessels powered by 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines with Schottel SRP4000FP units producing 6,770 hp and 80 metric tons bollard pull. The tugs will be classified with ABS as Maltese Cross A-1 Towing, Escort Service, FiFi 1 and Maltese Cross AMS. The hull has been designed by Jensen Maritime for enhanced ship docking abilities in addition to direct and indirect escorting. The tug has been designed and simulator tested to assist new Post-Panamax and Ultra-Large Vessels. Towing machinery will include a Markey asymmetric render-recover winch on the bow and a Markey tow winch with a spool capacity of 2,500 ft. of 2¼” wire on the stern.
“Horizon is proud of the fact that McAllister Towing has put their trust in us to build their most recent vessels and we intend to work hard to provide vessels that live up to the McAllister name," said Travis Short, president, Horizon Shipbuilding. "By using our GORDHEAD management software I am confident we will be able to efficiently produce these state-of-the art tugs on schedule and within budget. We look forward to the beginning of a long business relationship with our newest clients.”
Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. is a shipyard specializing in the design and construction of ships, boats, and barges up to 300-ft. in length and 1500 tons launch weight for domestic and international clients. Its proven customer base includes tug and barge operators, the offshore oil industry, cruise and diving industry, and specialized craft for the United States and foreign governments. Additional information can be found at www.horizonshipbuilding.com.
Upon delivery in early 2017, McAllister plans to name the first tug the CAPT. BRIAN A. MCALLISTER after the company’s Chairman. The second tug will be named the ROSEMARY MCALLISTER, after his wife. The tugs will be the 31st and 32nd tractors and the first Tier IV tugs in McAllister’s fleet.