Eastern Shipbuilding Group has delivered the first escort tug H. DOUGLAS M in a series of four Z-Tech Class Terminal & Escort Tugs to Bay-Houston Towing Company.
The Z-Tech 2400 class Terminal & Escort Tug was designed and engineered by the naval architects and marine engineers of Vancouver’s Robert Allan (RAL) which has incorporated the latest technology, which will facilitate the vessel’s escort service and ship assist.
The design will pave the way for safe operation and functionality of the tugs during a ship-handling operation being coupled with large ships, particularly those with extreme flares.
The Z-Tech tug offers an omni-directional performance; speed and bollard pull astern are almost equal to that going ahead.
The vessel has a total horsepower of 5,150 HP at 1,600 RPM and is powered by two B-rated caterpillar Tier 3 marine propulsion diesel engines.
It is powered by two John Deere built 4045AFM85 Tier 3, 99kW 480V at 1800 RPM marine diesel generator sets.
The newly built vessel is certified by the ABS set of ship classifications.
Currently, the company is building four identical series of tugs for Suderman & Young Towing Company and four others for Bay-Houston Towing Company at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility.
The tugs after being delivered will be operated by G&H Towing Company, which serves as the Owners’ onsite Representative and Agent during the engineering, construction and delivery for both Bay-Houston and Suderman & Young.
Last month, Eastern Shipbuilding had launched the Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tug NEPTUNE for Suderman & Young Towing Company.
Image: An image of Eastern Shipbuilding’s tugboat. Photo: courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, INC.