Master Boat adds z-drive tug order from Suderman & Young

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders has executed a contract to build a new tugboat in its Coden, Ala., yard for Suderman & Young Towing Co. of Houston, Texas. Master Boat Builders currently has three tugs under construction of a different design for Suderman & Young.

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“We at Master Boat Builders take pride in our work and are heartened by this vote of confidence from the team at Suderman & Young,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders. “Suderman & Young is one of the premiere tugboat operators in the United States and we are excited to continue partnering with them to provide another quality tugboat to serve the western Gulf Coast ports.”

Naval architect and marine engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. designed the tugboat, which will meet U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations and will be classed through the American Bureau of Shipping.

The tugboat will have an overall length of 98 feet 6 inches, beam of 42 feet 5 inches, and produce a bollard pull of over 80 metric tonnes. The vessel will feature two Caterpillar 3516E main engines, EPA Tier 4 certified and each producing 3,500 hp, along with two Schottel SRP 510FP z-drive thrusters and a Markey Machinery DEPSF-48-100 bow winch.

– Master Boat Builders

By Rich Miller