Bay-Houston Takes Delivery of Tug Chloe K


December 2013


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SIU boatmen in the Gulf region recently welcomed new jobs as Seafarers- contracted Bay-Houston Towing took delivery of the Chloe K, a z-drive tugboat. The 80-foot-long Chloe K will be operated for Bay- Houston by G&H Towing.


SIU members and officials participated in a christening ceremony Oct. 26 in Galveston, Texas.


In announcing the delivery, Bay- Houston pointed out the new boat is the first in its fleet from a class called Z Tech 2400. Built by Leevac Shipyards LLC of Jennings, La., the Z Tech 2400 tugs “are a smaller version of the Z Tech 2500 tugs that are already in the Bay-Houston fleet. While they are smaller, they have enormous power for their size.”


Bay-Houston highlighted the following features:


– The forward deck has a low, flat sheer, creating a spacious, relatively flat and safe working deck, without any obstructive anchor chains.  


–  For seagoing operations, the Z Tech tug works astern in tractor mode, so the shape of this part of the hull is more rounded than would typically be seen in an ASD design. There is no appreciable loss of speed in this direction of operation. The increased flare and freeboard at the aft end is simply to ensure a drier operation when towing in this direction.


–  Only one winch is required for both harbor and coastal towing operations. When towing long distances, the boat will simply tow in tractor mode going astern.


–  The low sheer forward, coupled with the aft bias of the deckhouse and wheelhouse enable the tug design to work under large overhanging ship flares.


“While the 7500 series Z Techs are primarily used at LNG terminals, with large tankers, and with post- Panamax container ships, the 2400 series will be capable of operating in the waters of all of the ports we service, including the confined quarters of the Houston Ship Channel,” the company added.


Bay-Houston provides tug service in Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Freeport, and Corpus Christi, Texas. The Chloe K has a 38-foot beam and a working draft of 16 feet. The vessel is powered by two of Caterpillar’s 3516C HD high-power engines, delivering 2,575 horsepower each. At 5,150 horsepower, the tugs will be capable of docking even the largest vessels calling on the Texas coast. The tug is designed to produce a minimum of 60 metric ton of bollard pull.




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