DECEMBER 6, 2016 — Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, WA, has brokered its seventh and eighth tug sales of the year, with the deliveries of the 4,300 HP, tugs Colleen McAllister (ex-Ellena Hicks, Hull 685) and Katie G. McAllister (ex-Libby Black, Hull 671) to new owners Port City Marine Services of Muskegon, MI.
The 124.0' x 33.1' x 19.9' depth / 18.0' loaded draft tugs were built in 1967 and 1966 respectively by Gulfport Shipbuilding Corp. of Port Arthur, Texas for Gulf Coast Transit Company, subsidiary of TECO Transport & Trade, of Tampa, FL, and mated up with two 420' x 80' ocean dry bulk barges, both of which have since been scrapped.
McAllister Towing & Transportation of New York purchased both tugs from TECO Transport in 2003.
The tugs are fitted with raised forecastle bows and elevated pilothouses with 45' - 47' eye levels.They arepowered by twin EMD 12-645E5 enginess with Falk 4.27:1 gears and fixed pitch open props.
Towing gear consists of Markey TYS 36 single drum, 2-speed tow winches with a capacity of 2,200' of 2.25" wire.
The tugs are classed ABS +A1, Towing Service, +AMS, Unrestricted Service.
The tugs left New York City for Muskegon with the Colleen McAllister under tow of the Katie G. McAllister. Estimated time of arrival is just prior to Christmas, depending on weather and St. Lawrence Seaway traffic.
The new owners intend to outfit both tugs with Bludworth AT/B connection systems.
With the sales of the Colleen McAllister and Katie G. McAllister, Marcon has brokered a total of 321 tugs with a total of 998,457 HP for sale or charter in the last 35 years. Marcon hopes to break the 1,000,000 HP mark by year's end.