Eastern wins two contracts

by Hans | August 15th, 2014

Eastern Shipbuilding is pleased to announce that on Monday, August 11, 2014, Suderman & Young Towing Company and Bay Houston Towing Company entered into contracts to construct with Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) a total of four (4) new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs at Eastern’s Panama City, Florida facilities.

ESG Hulls # 235 and # 237

ESG Hulls # 236 and 238 

G & H TOWING COMPANY will provide the onsite representation for both Owners as the Owners’ Agent during the engineering, construction and delivery phases of these contracts. At delivery, G & H Towing will operate each vessel as it has in the past. Since 1934, it is one of the oldest and most progressive towing companies on the Texas Gulf Coast. G & H Towing operates an outstanding fleet of over 30 harbor tugs with state-of-the-art equipment. They operate harbor tugs 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 be providing 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.

Each new Z-Tech 2400 features the following characteristics:
  Dimensions (Overall):  80’-0”x 38’-3”x 15’-9”
  Total Horsepower: 5,150 HP @ 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   @ 1800RPM 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 300,000lbs
  Classification: ABS A1, Towing Vessel, AMS and Escort Service
  ABS Loadline (SoC), Statement of Compliance
  Flag:   United States of America

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is very pleased adding these new clients and contracts to its order book. Each new contract continues Eastern’s long term commitment and history of being one of the most successful U.S. shipbuilders in the marine shipbuilding industry. Eastern will continue to provide better services and grow its facilities along with
its strong workforce of men and women who are always eager for the next new construction, conversion or repair challenge.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has over the years constructed twenty-one (21) 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.

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