Eastern launches first of two z-drive tugs for Bisso


The following is text of a news release from Eastern Shipbuilding Group:

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group has launched the first of two 80-foot, 5,100-hp z-drive tugs, C.D. White, for Bisso Offshore, a division of E.N. Bisso & Son Inc. The tug launched on Aug. 22.

A RAL RApport 2400 z-drive ship-handling tug design was provided by Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL) located in Vancouver, British Columbia. C.D. White is currently under construction at Eastern’s Allanton facility, along with a sister vessel, A. Thomas Higgins. C.D. White is scheduled to be delivered in December of this year.

The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Allanton facility hosted by Patrick D’Isernia, Eastern’s project manager, and Brian D’Isernia, Eastern’s founder and CEO. Joey D’Isernia, Eastern’s president, and Marvin Serna, vice president of operations, along with several of Eastern employees and guests also were in attendance with perfect crane launch weather conditions. Connie Sandras, chief administrative officer, Mike Vitt, vice president, and port captain Mike Killelea of E.N. Bisso were present. The Rev. Kevin McQuone of St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church of Panama City blessed the vessel and the Rev. Luke Farabaugh from St. Dominic Catholic Church attended the ceremony. Sandras christened C.D. White as the vessel’s sponsor on this summer day.

The RApport 2400 tugs features the following characteristics:

Dimensions (molded): 80’ 38’ 13’2”
ESG designation: Hull 225
Fuel oil: 28,000 gallons
DEF/urea: (2) 850 gallons
Potable water: 8,750 gallons
Total horsepower: (2) 2,549 hp @ 1,800 rpm
Bollard pull (predicted): 63 metric tons

Main engines: (2) LA CAT Caterpillar 3512E Tier 4 EPA/IMO III marine propulsion diesel engines
Main propulsion: (2) Rolls-Royce US205 P20 z-drives
Main generators: (2) Kennedy Engines Co. John Deere 4045AFM85 Tier 3 EPA certified marine auxiliary diesel generator set, each rated at 99 kW @ 1,800 rpm

Firefighting: Counterfire ES-125-400, 1,500 gpm at 100 psi, diesel engine driven and 4-inch Stang remote-controlled fire monitor

Forward Hawser Winch:    (1) Markey Machinery, Inc. Model DEPCF-42 HS, Single Drum 40HP, Render/Recovery, Line Tension Display, Electric Escort Hawser Winch
Aft Capstan:    (1) Markey Machinery, Inc. CEPB-40 5HP Tow Bitt Capstan
Tow Hook:    (1) Washington Chain & Supply 90 Ton SWL tow hook, electric-air remote control, manual or remote release.

Regulatory:    USCG Sub-M, Certificate of Inspection (COI) (Oceans), Designed and Built to ABS Class standards (but not classed under ABS rules)
Flag:                    United States of America

By Professional Mariner Staff