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Saturday, December 21, 2019 

Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) of Canada has been awarded design contracts for two upgraded ART 90-98US tugs and two new RApport 3000 tugs for Seabulk Towing (a subsidiary of Seacor), to be built at Alabama-based Master Boat Builders.

Two of the newbuilds will add to Seacor’s existing Rotortug fleet, with some feature updates to the Rotortug design, which has proven to be highly capable within the Company’s port system. The ART (Advanced Rotortug) designation applies to tugs featuring the triple drive configuration designed by RAL under an exclusive designer agreement with Rotortug (KST) signed in 2013. Offering enhanced omni-directional manoeuvrability and control, with a redundant propulsion machinery configuration, the ART series offers enhanced performance for ship-handling, terminal support and escort towing.

The two RApport 3000 Azimuth Stern Drive newbuilds will be equipped with hybrid diesel mechanical/electric motor propulsion systems provided by Caterpillar. These vessels represent Seabulk’s initial investment in hybrid power towing assets and will operate alongside the Company’s existing harbour fleet in the US Gulf of Mexico and the US East Coast. The design for these tugs includes arrangements that will allow for the future installation of batteries, providing greener solutions to meet the customers’ needs.

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