Gulf Island delivers last RAL-designed tug in series to Bay-Houston Towing
George M. is the fifth in the order of Z-Tech 30-80 vessels
(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Bay-Houston Towing Co. recently took delivery of the Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 30-80 tug George M. Bay-Houston Towing contracted Gulf Island Shipyards LLC to build five Z-Tech 30-80 tugs in 2018. George M. is the last vessel of the batch after the first tug 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 Robert Allan Ltd.’s unique RAstar series sponsoned hull form in the existing Z-Tech design, which greatly enhances the tug’s escort capabilities by generating more than 100 metric tonnes of steering force at 10 knots.
Bay-Houston Towing is a longtime Robert Allan Ltd. customer. The company currently operates 14 Z-Tech tugs.
“We are extremely proud of the fifth Z-Tech tug built by Gulf Island Shipyards LLC for Bay-Houston Towing Co.,” said Mike Fitzpatrick, RAL president and CEO. “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 0wner that fully understands the way their vessels need to operate. We most definitely had both for the construction of these five tugs.”
– Robert Allan Ltd.