Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the escort tug David B for Bay-Houston Towing Co. on June 15, 2016.
David B (ESG Hull #239) is the third in a series of four Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class terminal and escort tugs currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility for Bay-Houston Towing Co. The lead vessel in the series, H. Douglas M (ESG Hull #236), was delivered on February 5, 2016.
Eastern is also constructing another identical series of four tugs for Suderman & Young Towing Company. G&H Towing Company is the owners’ onsite representative and agent during the engineering, construction and delivery for both Bay-Houston and Suderman & Young. G&H Towing Company will operate the vessels after delivery.
RAL of Vancouver, B.C. provided the Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs design and engineering. G&H Towing's fleet currently consists of eight “Z-Tech” tugs in operation. This “Z-Tech” incorporates the latest technology for escort service and ship assist.
David B Z-Tech 2400 characteristics:
ESG Hull #239: third vessel in the Series of four
Dimensions (Overall): 80’-0”x 38’-3”x 15’-9”
Total Horsepower: 5,150 HP at 1,600 RPM
Main Engines: (2) Caterpillar 3516C (B rating) Tier 3 marine propulsion diesel engines
Main Propulsion: (2) Schottel Model SRP 1215FP in Nozzles Z-Drives
Main Generators: (2) John Deere 4045AFM85 Tier 3, 99kW 480V at 1,800 RPM marine diesel generator sets
Hawser Winch: (1) Markey Machinery Fairleader 50HP Electric
Hawser Winch, Model DEPCF-48S, 36” wide Drum Mid-drum brake holding capacity 300,000 lbs
Classification: ABS +A1, Towing Vessel, AMS and Escort Service
ABS Loadline (SoC), Statement of Compliance
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