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Jane McAllister works a ZIM containership at the Port of Virginia. Photo courtesy McAllister Towing

Jane McAllister works a ZIM containership at the Port of Virginia. Photo courtesy McAllister Towing

McAllister’s New Tier IV Tug Arrives in Virginia

Mike Schuler
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August 30, 2023

McAllister’s new Tier IV tug Jane McAllister has arrived at its new homeport at the Port of Virginia.

Built by Washburn & Doughty in East Boothbay, Maine, the tug is equipped with 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines powering twin Schottel SRP 490 Z- drive units.

Tier IV engines refer to those meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tier 4 standards for marine diesel engines, which reduce various air pollutants that are harmful to both human health and the environment, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM).

Measuring 93-feet wide x 38-feet in beam, the 6,770-horsepower Jane has been certified with a bollard pull of over 91 short tons by ABS. Combined with Markey winches on the bow and stern, Jane will be one of the most advanced and powerful ship-docking tractor tugs serving the Port of Virginia.

Jane McAllister tug
Photo courtesy Washburn & Doughty

“We are proud that the JANE is the 10th tug in our fleet with over 80 metric tons of bollard pull and escort capability, making our fleet one of the best in the country for the larger ships entering into service,” said McAllister President & CEO B. Buckley McAllister.

Construction of the tug was overseen by Engineering Manager Martin Costa.

“The JANE will not only meet, but exceed the needs, handling the ever-increasing size of vessels calling Virginia,” added Captain J. Elliott Westall, McAllister Towing of Virginia’s Vice President and General Manager. “This tug is joining our fleet of six other tractor tugs, and will enable us to continue safely handling the gentle giants calling the Port of Virginia. Having exceptional control and power, the JANE is the new “Queen of Hampton Roads” and everyone that works on or with her can be confident in her abilities to deliver unsurpassed service for our customers.”

The Jane McAllister was christened by Jane Woodfield Morin, daughter of Alexandra McAllister Woodfield. Both Jane and Alexandra are descendants of James McAllister, who founded McAllister Towing in 1864.

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