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FIFTH NEW RAL-DESIGN TUG DELIVERED TO US TOWAGE COMPANY

FIFTH NEW RAL-DESIGN TUG DELIVERED TO US TOWAGE COMPANY

Thursday, March 25, 2021 

Bay-Houston Towing took delivery earlier in the year of the Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) designed Z-Tech 30-80 tug 'George M', the final vessel in a class of five built at Gulf Island Shipyards, the first of which, 'Mark E Kuebler' was delivered in 2019.

This latest delivery signifies a successful completion of the major contract. The Z-Tech 30-80 design incorporates the RAL RAstar sponsoned hull form into the existing Z-Tech design. This greatly enhances the tug’s escort capabilities by generating more than 100t of steering force at 10knots.

Bay-Houston Towing is a long-term customer of RAL, and currently operates 14 Z-Tech tugs.

Mike Fitzpatrick, RAL President and CEO, said: "We are extremely proud of the fifth Z-Tech tug built by Gulf Island Shipyards LLC for Bay-Houston Towing Co. Of all the vessels built to our design internationally, the ones we are most proud of inevitably involve a high-quality builder and a knowledgeable owner that fully understands the way their vessels need to operate. We most definitely had both for the construction of these five tugs."

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