Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) said that Suderman & Young Towing Company & Bay Houston Towing Company have placed orders for a total of four new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs at Eastern’s Panama City, Florida facilities.
ESG added that G & H Towing Company will provide the onsite representation for both owners as their agent during the engineering, construction and delivery phases of these contracts.
At delivery, G & H Towing will operate each vessel. This company, since 1934, is one of the oldest and most progressive towing companies on the Texas Gulf Coast. It operates a fleet of more than 30 harbor tugs with state-of- the-art equipment in the largest ports in the United States Gulf Coast with operations in Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Corpus Christi and Freeport.
Robert Allan, LTD (RAL) of Vancouver, B.C. will provide the Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs design and engineering. The 80-foot tugs will be powered by Caterpillar 3516C (B rating) Tier 3 marine propulsion diesel engines. Propulsion will be by Schottel Model SRP 1215FP in Nozzles Z-Drives. Gensets will be John Deere 4045AFM85 Tier 3, 99kW 480V at 1,800RPM marine diesel generator sets.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. explained that it has over the years constructed twenty-one Z-drive tugs of similar size and complexity for several customers in the United States. These new contracts maintain Eastern’s reputation for constructing and delivering vessels on-time and on-budget, and as one of the largest Z-drive tug new construction shipyards in North America.