Moran Towing, Master Boats, Robert Allan collaborate on new tugs

New Canaan, Ct.- headquartered Moran Towing Corporation has selected Master Boat Builders to build two next-generation harbor tugs. 

Developed in cooperation with Vancouver, B.C.-based naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd., the RApport 2800, 80-tons-plus bollard pull, escort tugs, will have a length of 92 ft. and breadth of 40 ft., and will be equipped with a fire-fighting monitor and Tier 4 main engines that meet the latest EPA regulations.

According to Moran, this next class of tugs “will be among the largest in its fleet and will bring more power to accommodate the larger, deeper draft vessels coming into ports along the U.S. Gulf and East Coast.”

The tugs’ innovative design “gives the company the versatility to adapt to the evolving needs of its customers through the ability to modify and enhance the design for future tug builds,” it said.

Described as “simple, versatile, and efficient,” the two newbuilds are set to be delivered within two years, expanding the number of tugs Moran has under construction from four to six, marking a significant milestone in its fleet enhancement program.

“Robert Allan Ltd. is honored to have been chosen by Moran Towing to design their next generation of harbor tug. In a highly collaborative design effort, the team of Robert Allan Ltd. and Moran Towing has created a tug that is at the forefront of sustainability and safety and one that will provide Moran’s clients with optimum value in a variety of towage operations,” said James Hyslop, director, project development principal, at Robert Allan Ltd.