Horizon to build two Tier IV escort tugs for McAllister

Written by Nick Blenkey
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JANUARY 11, 2016 — McAllister Towing, New York, NY, reports that its latest newbuild plans will see Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, build it two new 100 ft x 40 ft new escort tugs.

The tugs will be powered by 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines with Schottel SRP4000FP propulsion units producing 6,770 hp and 80 metric tons bollard pull.

The tugs will be the 31st and 32nd tractors and the first Tier IV tugs in McAllister’s fleet.

They will be ABS classed Maltese Cross A-1 Towing, Escort Service, FiFi 1 and Maltese Cross AMS.

The hull has been designed by Jensen Maritime for enhanced ship docking abilities in addition to direct and indirect escorting and the tugs have been designed and simulator tested to assist new Post-Panamax and Ultra-Large Vessels.

Towing machinery will include a Markey asymmetric render-recover winch on the bow and a Markey tow winch with a spool capacity of 2,500 ft of 2¼ in wire on the stern.

McAllister Horizon New Builds dealCaptain Brian A. McAllister, Chairman McAllister Towing, (left) and Travis Short, President Horizon Shipbuilding

On delivery from the shipyard in early 2017, McAllister plans to name the first tug the Capt. Brian A. McAllister after the company’s Chairman. The second tug will be named the Rosemary McAllister, after his wife.

“Horizon is proud of the fact that McAllister Towing have put their trust in us to build their most recent vessels and we intend to work hard to provide vessels that live up to the McAllister name,” said Horizon Shipbuilding’s president, Travis Short. “By using our GORDHEAD management software I am confident we will be able to efficiently produce these state of the art tugs on schedule and within budget. We look forward to the beginning of a long business relationship with our newest clients.”

Horizon Shipbuilding specializes in the design and construction of ships, boats, and barges up to 300′ in length and 1,500 tons launch weight for domestic and international clients. 

A rendering of the Brian A. McAllister from Jensen Maritime

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