Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay, Maine is pleased to unveil its new 80′ x 33′-9″ Z-Drive Tug design. The vessel is designed for ship handling and harbor work. It admeasures less than 150 gross tons allowing it to operate without a Load Line assignment. The tug is designed to exceed ABS standards and customers can choose to specify ABS class.
The vesselâ€¹designed by Washburn & Doughty’s Executive Vice President and Naval Architect, Bruce Washburnâ€¹draws on the knowledge gained by Mr. Washburn as lead architect of 62 vessels designed and built by Washburn & Doughty, including the yard’s incredibly successful 92′ and 98′ Z-Drive Tugs. Twenty-one 92′ Z-Drive Tugs and three 98′ Z-Drive Tugs provide towing and escort services between Boston, Massachusetts and Port Arthur, Texas.
The vessel’s clean underwater lines and two aft Z-Drives create the maneuverability necessary to be a truly versatile harbor tug. Design features include a wide beam to enhance indirect capabilities and stability. A broad bow will evenly distribute the “point-of-contact” load between the tug and the ship.
Because the tug is an in-house design, customers have the flexibility to easily modify the vessel to suit their particular requirements. The vessel is adaptable to any high speed main engines for 4000-5000HP with matching Z-Drive units. The tug has straight line carbon fiber shafts. Customers can specify off-ship fire-fighting, a stern capstan and/or a bow winch. The vessel can be arranged as a day boat or outfitted for round the clock operations with up to four staterooms for eight crew members. For 24/7 service, the design features a full galley, dining area and head with shower.
Washburn & Doughty operates from a new, state-of-the-art construction building. This spacious facility features a layout that maximizes efficiency and it is outfitted with modern shipbuilding tools and equipment. The building measures 42,000 sq. ft. and is designed for vessels up to 200′ long by 50′ wide. It features two construction bays, each equipped with two, twenty-ton cranes. A central mezzanine contains shop spaceâ€¹served by a 5-ton craneâ€¹and offices for production support, supervision, design and engineering.
For more information, please call Matt Maddox, Vice President of Business Development & Finance, (207) 633-6517.