The ability of New York-headquartered McAllister Towing & Transportation Co. to handle the latest generation of ships will be significantly enhanced with the planned delivery of the tractor tug Jane McAllister.
Contracted in September 2021 and under construction as Hull No. 135, the ship docking tug was built by Washburn and Doughty Associates of East Boothbay, Me.
The first of a planned trio of new 93-foot, Tier 4 boats by Washburn and Doughty, the tug will bring the towing company’s tractor fleet to 39 tugs with a total of over 182,000 horsepower.
The new 6,770-hp tug is powered by 3516E Tier 4, 1,800 rpm Caterpillar engines with remote start/stop capability. Twin Schottel SRP 490 Z-drive units comprise the propulsion system with a pair of John Deere 4045 AFM85 Tier 3 generators driving two Ship Service generator sets.
Markey DEPC winches are mounted on the fore and aft decks, each spooling 800 feet of 10-inch line and 450 feet of 2.4-foot Amstel Blue line. A fully automated engine room monitoring system is installed and can be monitored remotely from the main helm.
Classed by the ABS as +A-1 Towing, +AMS, and ABS Escort, the tug is fitted with an ACR 5850 Cat. 1 emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and one FFS fire monitor served by a CAT C18 pump rated at 6,000 gpm.
With sea trials completed, Jane McAllister will augment McAllister’s operations in the Norfolk and Hampton Roads, Va. area.
Family-owned McAllister Towing was founded in 1864. Currently, the company operates a fleet of more than 60 tugs, barges, launches and ferries along the U.S. East Coast from Portland, Maine, to San Juan, Puerto Rico.