David B launched

by Hans | April 21st, 2016

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is also pleased to announce the launch of the Escort Tug David B (Hull #239) on March 30, 2016. The David B is the third in a series of four (4) identical Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs currently under construction for Bay-Houston Towing, Co. at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility. The David B is scheduled to deliver later this year.

The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Patrick D’Isernia, Project Manager at Eastern, with many employees and guests in attendance. Patrick praised the Eastern employees for all their hard work and G&H Towing for their commitment to the project. Deacon Earl Mirus of St. John’s Catholic Church of Panama City, FL. blessed the vessel. Annalise Reeves, daughter of ESG Project Manager, England Reeves, had the honor of christening the vessel. Also in attendance was Mike Nigro, Vice President of Engineering for G&H Towing. The H. Douglas M (Hull #236), lead vessel of the series was delivered February of this year.

The David B a Z-Tech 2400 features the following characteristics:
ESG Hull #: H239; 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 @ 1800 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; Flag: United States of America.

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