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EASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUP, INC. DELIVERS THE A. THOMAS HIGGINS TO E.N. BISSO & SON, INC.

EASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUP, INC. DELIVERS THE A. THOMAS HIGGINS TO E.N. BISSO & SON, INC.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce on June 11, 2020 the delivery of the second of two 80’ 5,100 HP Z-Drive Tugs, the M/V A. THOMAS HIGGINS for Bisso Offshore, LLC, a division of E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc. of New Orleans LA. The following day the vessel completed its bollard pull testing witnessed by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and received its USCG Sub-M Certificate of Inspection (COI). The M/V A. THOMAS HIGGINS is a RAL RApport 2400 Z-Drive Ship-handling Tug design provided by Robert Allan Ltd located in Vancouver, Canada. The sister vessel, the M/V C.D. WHITE was delivered in January of this year and is currently working in New Orleans. E.N. Bisso is one of Eastern’s long term valued customers and has taken delivery of five previous modern Z-drive Ship Assist Tugs from Eastern starting in 2007 (M/Vs JOSEPHINE ANNE, BEVERLY B, ELIZABETH B, ARCHIE T. HIGGINS, and the C.D. WHITE).

EASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUP, INC.
EASTERN SHIPBUILDING GROUP, INC.

These two new Robert Allan RApport 2400 design tugs have been customized by the designer, the builder, and owner to provide specific operational features including a high bollard pull forward and aft, enhanced maneuverability and escort performance, better fuel economy, crew comfort, safety under the new USCG Sub-M requirements and reduced emissions meeting the new EPA Tier 4 emissions regulations. At the vessel launch in January of this year Liz Higgins with a mighty swing broke the christening bottle on the first try to begin the launching of the vessel. The vessel is named after her husband A. THOMAS “Tommy” HIGGINS. The RApport 2400 Ship Handling Tugs features the following characteristics: Dimensions (Molded) : 80’-0 x 38’-0 x 13’-2”; ESG Designation: Hull 226; Fuel Oil : 28,000 USG; DEF/Urea : (2) x 850 USG; Potable Water : 8,750 USG; Total Horsepower: (2) x 2,550 HP @ 1,800 RPM; Bollard Pulls: Stern Pull: 66.10 Short Tons; Bow Pull: 64.20 Short Tons; Main Engines: (2) LA CAT, Caterpillar 3512E Tier 4 EPA/IMO III marine propulsion diesel engines; Main Propulsion: (2) Kongsberg/Rolls Royce US205 P20 Z-Drives; Main Generators: (2) Kennedy Engines Co. John Deere 4045AFM85 Tier 3 EPA certified Marine Auxiliary Diesel Generator Set, each rated at 99kW @ 1,800 RPM; Firefighting: (1) Counterfire ES-125-400, 1,500 gpm at 100 psi, diesel engine driven and 4” Stang remote controlled fire monitor; Forward Hawser Winch: (1) Markey Machinery, Inc. Model DEPCF-42 HS, Single Drum 40HP, Render/Recovery, Line Tension Display, Electric Escort Hawser Winch; Aft Capstan: (1) Markey Machinery, Inc. CEPB-40 5HP Tow Bitt Capstan; Tow Hook: (1) Washington Chain & Supply 90 Ton SWL tow hook, electric-air remote control, manual or remote release.; Regulatory: USCG Sub-M, Certificate of Inspection (COI) (Oceans), Designed and Built to ABS Class standards (but not classed under ABS rules); Flag: United States of America. (Press Release)

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Tugboat Delivered To Yiu Lian Dockyards Ltd Process

TWO RASTAR 3200-CL TUGS DELIVERED TO YIU LIAN DOCKYARDS LTD.

The HAI KUN, a Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar 3200-CL tug built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards was successfully delivered to Yiu Lian Dockyards Ltd., Hong Kong on July 15, 2020. The first half of a two vessel contract, the HAI KUN completed her sea trials with flying colours, achieving 88 tonnes bollard pull and a speed of 13.5 knots at 100% engine MCR. This delivery marks the 21st vessel built and delivered by Cheoy Lee of the very successful RAstar 3200-CL design. Unique modifications were implemented to this hull to accommodate both the owner’s selected Niigata propulsion package and the required escort capability of the tug. This included a re-design of the skeg and simulations using our in-house computational fluid dynamics capability to confirm the tug’s expected escort performance. Other modifications to accommodation layout, etc. were also made to suit the owner’s preferences.

Tugboat delivered
Tugboat delivered

The HAI KUN will be joined by her sister the HAI PENG in August 2020. The Particulars of tugboat HAI KUN are : Length Overall : 32.00 m (excluding fenders); Beam, moulded : 12.80 m; Depth, moulded : 5.37 m; Maximum Nav : 5.83 m; Gross Tonnage: 492; Fuel oil: 166 m3; Potable water : 49 m3. The tug was designed and constructed to the following Lloyd’s Register notation: ✠100A1 Escort Tug, Fire Fighting Ship 1 (2400 m3/hr) with water spray, *IWS, ✠LMC, Ship Right IHM. The vessel’s accommodations are outfitted to MLC compliant standards for a crew of up to 10 personnel. The master’s and chief engineer’s cabins are each outfitted with private ensuite washrooms, while one common washroom is located on each of the main and lower decks along with the remainder of the cabins. Main propulsion for the tug comprises a pair of Niigata 8L28AHX main engines, each rated at 2574 kW at 750 rpm, driving a pair of Niigata ZP-41B Z-Peller propulsion units with AGCP192Y slipping built in clutch and 2,700mm diameter fixed pitch propellers. Two (2) identical diesel gensets of 136 ekW each provide electrical power to the vessel. The deck machinery comprises a MacGregor hydraulic anchor windlass/double drum escort towing winch, model MG-HAET/GDG-22- 1223U02096x2, on the bow spooled with 200 m line on each drum. A Mampaey disc-type towing hook is installed on the main deck aft for line towing operations. (Press Release)

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