Horizon delivers Tier 4 tug to McAllister


The following is the text of a news release from McAllister Towing:

(NEW YORK) — McAllister Towing has announced the arrival in New York of the tug Capt. Brian A. McAllister, the first in a series of newbuilds that will enhance ship docking on the East Coast for years to come.

Capt. Brian A. McAllister is the first EPA Tier 4 tug on the U.S. East Coast. It is powered by 3516E Tier 4 Caterpillar engines with twin Schottel SRP4000FP units. Packed into its 100-by-40-foot hull is 6,770 horsepower and over 80 metric tons of bollard pull, with a Markey class 3 escort winch on the bow and a Markey 2.25-inch wire winch on the stern. Remote-controlled fire monitors and deluge systems (ABS FiFi certified) complete the package.

Capt. Jackie Benton, who delivered the tug from Horizon Shipbuilding in Alabama, said Capt. Brian A. McAllister “is one of the best-riding z-boats I’ve ever handled. She runs smooth as silk and is a fantastic boat.”

Upon its arrival, the tug was quickly put to work on the recent ULCVs and SULCVs calling the port. On one of its first jobs, mate Matt Jernegan was at the helm and said, “Her rate of turn was amazing. The power this tug has and her capabilities, allows us to be more efficient and safely handle these monstrous containerships.”

Capt. Brian A. McAllister is named after the company’s chairman. It is the 31st and most powerful tractor tug in McAllister’s fleet.

By Professional Mariner Staff