Master Boat Builders Inc. announced that it has executed a contract to build a new 98'6"x42'6" tugboat in its Coden, Ala., yard for Suderman & Young Towing Co., Houston. The new tug will produce a bollard pull of 52 metric tonnes. Master Boat Builders currently has three tugs under construction of a different design for Suderman & Young.

“We at Master Boat Builders take pride in our work and are heartened by this vote of confidence from the team at Suderman & Young,” Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders, said in a statement announcing the contract. “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 vessel will feature two Caterpillar 3516E, Tier 4 main engines, each producing 3,500 hp, along with two Schottel SRP 510FP Z-drive thrusters, and a Markey Machinery DEPCF-48 bow winch.