USA: Leevac Shipyards Completes Construction of Two Z-Tech Tugs

Leevac Shipyards has completed the construction of the second of two Robert Allan designed Z-Tech® 2400 tugs.

Zeus was delivered to its owners Suderman & Young Towing Company of Houston, Texas in December following the delivery of her sister Chloe K in September to her owners: Bay-Houston Towing Co. of Houston, Texas.

Both tugs are operated by G&H Towing of Galveston, Texas on behalf of their owners.

The Z-Tech® Class tugs from Robert Allan Ltd. are designed primarily for operation in major ports and marine terminals. The design of the Z-Tech® tug emphasizes the safe and capable operation of ship-handling operations with large ships, particularly those with extreme flares. It offers an omni-directional performance; speed and bollard pull astern are almost equal to that going ahead.

After taking delivery of eight Z-Tech® 7500 Class Escort Tugs, G&H Towing Company has contracted Robert Allan Ltd. to develop this new compact class of high performance ASD ship-handling/escort tugs.

The vessels meet all USCG requirements for vessels under 200 US GRT. Although the vessels are not required to meet Loadline regulations, the owners have opted to voluntarily comply with ICLL.

Robert Allan Ltd. design team worked closely with owner’s representatives, led by Mike Nigro, VP of Engineering and Mark Woods, Port Engineer, and the result is yet another capable tug for the G&H fleet.

Robert Allan, February 25, 2014

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