Eastern Shipbuilding Group is set to build four new Z-Tech 2400-class terminal and escort tugs.

The tugs will be constructed along with support from Suderman & Young Towing Company and Bay Houston Towing Company at Eastern’s facilities located in Panama City and Florida, US.

Canada-based Robert Allan (RAL) will provide design and engineering for the Z-Tech tugs.

“G & H Towing operates eight Z-Tech tugs, which incorporate the latest technology for escort service and ship assist.”

During the engineering, construction and delivery phases of these contracts, G & H Towing Company will offer on-site representation for both owners as the joint agent.

Eastern noted that G & H Towing will operate each vessel at delivery. G & H operates a fleet of around 30 harbour tugs, including harbour tugs in the largest ports in the US Gulf Coast with operations in Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Corpus Christi and Freeport.

Currently, G & H Towing operates eight Z-Tech tugs, which incorporate the latest technology for escort service and ship assist.

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The Z-Tech 2400 tugs feature two Caterpillar 3516C tier three marine propulsion diesel engines, as well as two Schottel Model SRP 1215FP in nozzles Z-drives.

In addition, the tugs feature John Deere 4045AFM85 tier three, 99kW 480V at 1800RPM marine diesel generator sets and Markey Machinery Fairleader 50HP electric hawser winch model DEPCF-48S, 36 wide drum mid-drum brake with holding capacity of 300,000lb.

Eastern has so far constructed 21 Z-drive tugs of similar size and complexity for different customers in the US.