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Second 7000 HP, Tier IV Class Tug joins McAllister Towing Fleet

McAllister Towing is proud to announce the arrival of the tug Rosemary McAllister, the second in a series of four 100’ x 40’, 80 metric ton bollard pull tugboats.  The tug is the 32nd tractor tug in McAllister’s fleet.

The Rosemary is powered by 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines with twin Schottel SRP4000FP units. Packed into her 100’ x 40’ hull is 6,770 horsepower.  She has already exceeded expectations as she achieved 82.75 metric tons during her ABS bollard pull certification.  The Rosemaryjoins her sister vessel, the Capt. Brian A. McAllister, as one of the earliest EPA Tier IV tugs on the U.S. East Coast.  Combining her power with a Markey class III escort winch on the bow and a Markey 2 1/4″ wire towing winch on the stern puts the Rosemary at the head of her class of shipdocking tugs. State of the art remote controlled fire monitors and deluge systems (ABS FiFi certified) complete the package, making the tug a total Escort /Shipdocking/Rescue vessel unique to any East Coast port.

The Rosemary McAllister is bound for McAllister Towing’s operation in Virginia.  Captain J. Elliott Westall, McAllister’s Vice President and General Manager, is thrilled with what he has already witnessed from the tug’s sea trials.  “She will make a huge difference in Hampton Roads.  We have seen a major increase in the arrivals of ULCV’s, and this tug with her power will be able to expertly handle the largest vessels in the market today.  With her tethered escort abilities, the Rosemary will be a real game changer.  Bring on the 1,500’ container ships, McAllister and our team are ready!”

The Rosemary McAllister is named after the matriarch of the company.  Rosemary is Chairman Capt. Brian A. McAllister’s wife and mother to President Buckley McAllister and CFO Eric McAllister.