The following is text of a news release from Eastern Shipbuilding:
(Panama CIty, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the delivery of the Escort Tug Oceanus (Hull# 240) on July 29, 2016. Oceanus is the third in series of four identical Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs currently under construction for Suderman & Young Towing Company at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility.
The Triton (Hull #235) and the Neptune (Hull #237), the first and second vessels of the series, have already been delivered. Eastern is also constructing four tugs for Bay-
Houston Towing Co. G&H Towing Company is the Owners’ onsite representative and agent during the engineering, construction and delivery for both companies Suderman & Young and Bay Houston. G&H Towing Company will operate the vessels for the owners after delivery.
Robert Allan, LTD (RAL) of Vancouver, B.C. has provided the Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs design and Eastern has provided detailed engineering. G&H Towing's fleet currently consists of eight “Z-Tech” tugs in operation. This “Z-Tech” incorporates the latest technology for escort service and ship assist.
The Oceanus Z-Tech 2400 features the following characteristics:
* ESG Hull #: H240, 3rd Vessel in the Series of (4)
* Dimensions (Overall): 80’-0”x 38’-3”x 15’-9”
* Total Horsepower: 5,150 HP at 1,600 RPM
* Main Engines: (2) Caterpillar 3516C (B rating) Tier 3 marine propulsion diesel engines
* Main Propulsion: (2) Schottel Model SRP 1215FP in Nozzles Z-Drives
* Main Generators: (2) John Deere 4045AFM85 Tier 3, 99kW 480V @ 1800 RPM marine diesel generator sets
* Hawser Winch: (1) Markey Machinery Fairleader 50HP Electric Hawser Winch, Model DEPCF-48S, 36” wide Drum Mid-drum brake holding capacity 300,000 lbs
* Classification: ABS A1, Towing Vessel, AMS and Escort Service ABS Loadline (SoC), Statement of Compliance
* Flag: United States of America
Suderman & Young Towing Company offers a large and modern tugboat fleet, it continues to be the first name in general harbor and coastal marine tug-towing services for over a century. Serving the Texas Gulf Coast 24/7 and towing a wide range of marine vessels, you won’t find a more experienced tugboat fleet than that of Suderman & Young.
G&H Towing Company represents both Owners as the Owners’ Agent. At delivery, G&H Towing will operate each vessel as it has in the past with previous new builds. Since 1934, it is one of the oldest and most progressive towing companies on the Texas Gulf Coast. G&H Towing operates an outstanding fleet of over 30 harbor tugs with state-of-the-art equipment. They operate harbor tugs in the largest ports in the United States Gulf Coast with operations in Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Corpus Christi and Freeport. www.gandhtowing.com
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has two new construction and repair facilities in Panama City, Fla., and has been in business since 1976 building, converting and repairing vessels in steel and aluminum of all types including: offshore and harbor tugs, offshore/platform supply vessels, multi-purpose construction vessels, research vessels, firefighting vessels,barges, ferries, passenger vessels, fishing vessels and inland towboats. Eastern’s diversity and commitment to its customers makes its one of the most successful U.S. shipbuilders inthe marine shipbuilding industry. Eastern will continue to provide quality service and grow its facilities along with its strong workforce of men and women who are always eager for the next new construction, conversion or repair challenge. Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has over the years constructed and delivered 29 Z-drive tugs of similar size and complexity for several customers in the United States.With these Z-Tech series tugs, Eastern maintains its reputation as one of the largest Z-drive tug new construction shipyards in North America.