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Sterling wins orders to build tugs for US owners

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General arrangement for a RAstar 3200-W design will be used for tugs to be built for Bay-Houston Towing and Suderman & Young Towing (source: Robert Allan Ltd)General arrangement for a RAstar 3200-W design will be used for tugs to be built for Bay-Houston Towing and Suderman & Young Towing (source: Robert Allan Ltd)

Bay-Houston Towing and Suderman & Young Towing have ordered new escort and fire-fighting tugs from Sterling Shipyard

These ABS-class, 32-m tugs will be built in Port Neches, Texas, to Robert Allan Ltd’s RAstar 3200-W design, with deliveries set to begin Q4 2025.

Power will be provided by a pair of EMD 16 E23B HD main engines compliant with US Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions standards propelling two Schottel SRP-610 thrusters to generate a bollard pull of around 105 tonnes.

When performing escort operations, they will be capable of providing a steering force of 115 tonnes and braking force of 162 tonnes at speeds up to 10 knots.

A towing winch will be fitted on the aft deck for coastal towing and the pair will have ABS notations of A1, AMS and for towing and escort service, fire-fighting and low emissions vessels.

Robert Allan will provide a production design package including steel parts and piping spools to Sterling Shipyard. It said the specially designed RAstar 3200-W tug for is based on the successful RAstar 3200 design series, of which more than 100 units have been delivered or are under construction worldwide.

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