The tug Jane McAllister is the latest addition to McAllister Towing’s fleet.
The new tractor tug was recently delivered from Washburn & Doughty and has taken up station at her homeport of Norfolk, Va. The construction of the tug was overseen by Engineering Manager, Martin Costa.
Jane McAllister “will not only meet, but exceed the needs, handling the ever-increasing size of vessels calling Virginia,” said Capt. J. Elliott Westall, McAllister Towing of Virginia’s Vice President and General Manager.
The new tug, he added, “is joining our fleet of six other tractor tugs and will enable us to continue safely handling the gentle giants calling the Port of Virginia. Having exceptional control and power, the Jane is the new ‘Queen of Hampton Roads’ and everyone that works on or with her can be confident in her abilities to deliver unsurpassed service for our customers.”
McAllister President & CEO B. Buckley McAllister added, “We are proud that the Jane is the tenth tug in our fleet with over 80 metric tons of bollard pull and escort capability, making our fleet one of the best in the country for the larger ships entering into service.”
The 93-foot, 285 grt Jane McAllister is equipped with a pair of 3516E Tier 4 Caterpillar engines producing 6,770 bhp powering twin Schottel SRP 490 z-drive units and two John Deere 4045 AFM85 Tier 3 99 kW generators supplied by R.A. Mitchell Co.
On the bow deck, Jane is equipped with a Markey DEPCF-52 Class II escort winch spooling 800 feet of 10-inch line, and a Markey DEPCF-42 hawser winch on its aft deck with 450 feet of 2.4 Amstel Blue Line. The boat achieved over 91 short tons during her ABS bollard pull certification.
The engine room monitoring system is remotely monitored at the helm with engine room and deck cameras offering wheelhouse display. Furuno supplied the navigation and communications equipment, while Caterpillar C18 fire pumps are fitted to feed an FPS monitor with 6,000 gpm foam injection capability.
Jane McAllister was christened at her launch by Jane Woodfield Morin, daughter of Alexandra McAllister Woodfield. Both Jane and Alexandra are direct descendants of James McAllister, who founded McAllister Towing in 1864.