Bay Houston orders fourth new tugboat at Master Boat Builders

Written by Nick Blenkey
Master Boat Builders tug

Bay Houston Towing Co. tugboat being constructed by Master Boat Builders

Coden, Ala., based Master Boat Builders, Inc. reports that it is to construct a fourth new tugboat for Bay Houston Towing Co. of Houston, Texas.

Master Boat Builders is currently building three vessels of a different design for Bay Houston and will soon begin construction on this fourth vessel.

“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 United States Coast Guard Sub-M regulations and will be classed through the American Bureau of Shipping.

The tugboat will have an overall length of 98 feet 6 inches, beam of 42 feet 5 inches, and produce a bollard pull of over 80 metric tonnes. The vessel will feature two Caterpillar main engines (3516E), EPA Tier 4 certified and each producing 3,500 hp, along with two Schottel Z-Drive thrusters (SRP 510FP), and a Markey Machinery Company bow winch (DEPCF-48-100).

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