New Z-drive tug for Suderman & Young

Written by Shirley Del
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Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada, the Triton is the result of the successful operation of the first two Z-Tech 2400 tugs, Chloe K and Zeus, which were built for G & H Towing. The Triton also incorporates the lessons learned during 5 years of operation of eight previously built larger Z-Tech 7500 class tugs, starting with Thor in 2007. Those tugs are all operate by G&H Towing. The Triton is expected to be delivered before the end of 2015.flag

Joseph D’Isernia, Eastern Shipbuilding’s President, hosted the launching ceremony. Lisa Nigro, wife of Mike Nigro, VP of G & H Towing, christened the vessel, breaking the traditional bottle of champagne on the tug’s hull.


The Triton has an overall length of 80 feet, beam of 38 feet 3 in., depth of 15 feet 9 in., and operating draft of 16 feet 10 in. The propulsion power for the tug is supplied by two Caterpillar 3516C Tier 3-compliant diesel engines, each rated at 2,575 hp at 1,600 rev/min. The Triton has two Schottel SRP 1215 fixed pitch Z-drives for propulsion, with an expected bollard pull of 66 tonnes. Other equipment includes a Markey Machinery Fairleader 50-hp electric hawser winch. The tug is classed ABS +A1, Towing Vessel, AMS and Escort Service ABS Loadline (SoC), Statement of Compliance.


G&H Towing Company is the owners’ onsite representative and agent during the engineering, construction and delivery of the eight tugs for both Suderman & Young and Bay Houston. G&H Towing Company will operate the vessels after delivery.

NOVEMBER 11, 2015—The 5,150 hp Triton, the first in a series of four Z-Tech 2400 class escort tugs for Suderman & Young, was recently launched at the Nelson Street facility of the Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Panama City, FL. Shipbuilding is also building an identical series of four Z-Tech 2400 tugs for Bay Houston Towing. (Extended coverage from Marine Log’s November 2015 issue).

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