Third life for McAllister tug

Like any gal turning 40, the Kaleen McAllister has reinvented herself in order to keep up with the times. Built in 1970 as a Navy YTB 756 (large yard tug), she was originally powered by a single Fairbanks Morse engine. After “retiring” from the Navy, she was sold to McAllister Towing in the early ‘90s. In 2003 she became one of the first a successful series of conversions to a single azimuthing stern drive. 

McAllister repowered the Kaleen with an EMD 16 675 E5 Turbo and a Schottel 1515CP propulsion unit with a high performance controllable-pitch propeller and she went to work in Baltimore Harbor.

Today, the Kaleen sits pier side at Baltimore’s General Ship Repair, undergoing a complete update to her propulsion system. Financed in part by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the Maryland Port Administration, the project is part of an effort to reduce emissions in the Port of Baltimore. The Kaleen will get a Tier 2 EMD 12 710, plus two new Tier 2 John Deere 6068 TSMs, to replace Detroit 671s.

According to Capt. Mike Reagoso, vice president of mid-Atlantic operations for McAllister as well as chairman of the Baltimore Port Association’s Environmental Committee, this sort of project gives the emissions reduction effort “the most bang for the buck.”

Before you start calling McAllister and asking to buy those used engines remember, part of the stipulation for funding is that the old engines must be disabled, so they are sitting in a container with neat holes drilled in the blocks.

About the author

Kathy Bergren Smith

Kathy Bergren Smith has been a correspondent with WorkBoat since 2002. She is also a writer and photographer for the Port of Baltimore Magazine covering shipping and port activities. Smith, also a noted commercial and fine art photographer, resides in Annapolis, Md.

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