McAllister Towing, New York, has signed a contract with Maine's Washburn & Doughty Associates (W&D) for the construction of two 93'x38' Tier 4, 84-metric-ton bollard pull tractor tugs with the option for two more.

The tugs (hulls 135 and 136) will further enhance McAllister's East Coast fleet with the ability to service its customers largest ships, the company said. McAllister’s tractor fleet will now number 39 tugs with a total of over 182,000 hp.

The new 6,770-hp tugs will be powered by 3516E Tier 4 Caterpillar engines with twin Schottel SRP 490 Z-drive units and Markey Machinery winches on the bow and stern. Sister vessel Eileen McAllister achieved over 84 MT during her ABS bollard pull certification and McAllister anticipates the same or better performance.

The first boat is slated for delivery in November 2022. These will be the third and fourth tugs built at W&D for McAllister. The tugs will bring the total tugs in McAllister’s fleet built at W&D up to seven.

“We look forward to once again working with the professionals at Washburn & Doughty,” McAllister’s engineering manager Martin Costa said in a prepared statement. “They are always accommodating and we really appreciate the ‘in-house’ aspect of their work. We anticipate another great building experience with this outstanding maritime family company.”

McAllister, founded in 1864, operates a modern fleet of more than 60 tugs, barges, launches and ferries in over 13 locations along the U.S. East Coast from Portland, Maine, to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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