McAllister Towing, New York, recently took delivery of the 93'x38' tug Jane McAllister from Washburn & Doughty, East Boothbay, Maine.

The new tug is equipped with 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines producing a total of 6,770 hp and powering twin Schottel SRP 490 Z- drive units. The Jane McAllister achieved over 91 short tons during her ABS bollard pull certification.

Combining her eco-friendly CAT engines with Markey Machinery winches on the bow and stern makes the Jane McAllister one of the most advanced and powerful ship docking tractor tugs serving the port of Virginia, according to McAllister officials.

The construction of the tug was overseen by Engineering Manager Martin Costa. The tireless efforts from McAllister engineering and Washburn & Doughty ensured that the new boat will be a top-of-the-line tug in McAllister’s fleet for many years to come, company officials said.

“The Jane will not only meet, but exceed the needs, handling the ever-increasing size of vessels calling Virginia,” Capt. J. Elliott Westall, McAllister Towing of Virginia’s vice president and general manager, said in a statement announcing the delivery. “This tug is joining our fleet of six other tractor tugs and will enable us to continue safely handling the gentle giants calling the Port of Virginia. Having exceptional control and power, the Jane is the new ‘Queen of Hampton Roads’ and everyone that works on or with her can be confident in her abilities to deliver unsurpassed service for our customers.”

“We are proud that the Jane is the tenth tug in our fleet with over 80 metric tons of bollard pull and escort capability, making our fleet one of the best in the country for the larger ships entering into service,” said McAllister president and CEO B. Buckley McAllister.  

The Jane McAllister was christened at her launch by Jane Woodfield Morin, daughter of Alexandra McAllister Woodfield. Both Morin and Woodfield are direct descendants of James McAllister, who founded McAllister Towing in 1864.


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