Latest addition to McAllister fleet is JonRie equipped

Written by Nick Blenkey
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JUNE 23, 2014 — Built at the Senesco Marine shipyard, North Kingstown, R.I., the recently commissioned tractor tug Buckley McAllister is the latest addition to the fleet of McAllister Towing & Transportation, New York, NY.

Named for the fifth generation President of McAllister, the 5,150 ho, 92 ft x 36 ft Jensen designed ASD tug will be in service on the Cape Cod Canal and was built under the direction of Senesco Project Manager Richard Doughty and Martin Costa, McAllister’s VP of Engineering.

The vessel features an array of JonRie towing equipment.

On the fore deck a JonRie Series 250 Full Render/ Full Recover winch with a line pull of 70 tonnes. The Escort Winch is supplied with 600 ft of 9 inch Samson Saturn-12 hawser and has a winch braking force of 300 tons with a line speed of 100 ft/min. The winch also features an Active Heave Compensation System for controlled payout (Freewheel) of the winch and recover when needed with constant scope. The system also includes dual tension systems with dimmable side light tension meters and foot control for hands free operation. Also supplied is a line tension data system for predicting rope life and replacement.

On the stern is a JonRie Series 512 Towing Winch with 2,100 ft of 2 ¼ inch wire providing a line pull of a 140,000 lb at 60 ft/min.  

Both winches are driven by a Hagglunds motor or direct drive.

“The failure of over speeding a gearbox is never an issue as JonRie supplies a reliable system,” says JonRie. “When making up a tow there is never a need to be back on deck as the level wind is independent and can be controlled and unclutched from the pilot house. Also a feature is the independent drive gypsy (capstan) on the winch — No open clutches and no maintenance.”

The system is supplied with a Green Passport using Green oil in all systems.

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