Master Boat Builders Inc. will build a fourth new tugboat in its Coden, Ala., yard for Bay Houston Towing Co., Houston. Master Boat currently has three tugs under construction of a different design for Bay Houston Towing.

“Bay Houston has an incredible reputation as one of the top tugboat operators in the entire country and we are thrilled to continue working with them on a fourth tugboat,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders. “We are humbled that Bay Houston has recognized the top quality of our employees and is seeking to continue working together to continue enhancing their impressive fleet of tugboats.”

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

The tug will be 98'6"x42.5', and produce a bollard pull of over 52 metric tonnes. The vessel will feature two Caterpillar 3516E, Tier 4 engines, each producing 3,500 hp, along with two Schottel Z-drive thrusters (SRP 510FP), and a Markey Machinery bow winch (DEPCF-48).

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