The tugboat Jane McAllister sails past a US Navy vessel in Virginia.

6770 HP, Tier IV Class McAllister Tug arrives in Virginia

August 28, 2023

The newly arrived 6,770 horsepower tug Jane McAllister assists the ZIM Mount Everest in Hampton Roads, VA.

McAllister Towing is proud to announce the arrival of the tug Jane McAllister.

The Jane is equipped with 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines powering twin Schottel SRP 490 Z-drive units. Packed into her 93’ x 38’ hull producing 6,770 horsepower, the Jane achieved over 91 short tons during her ABS bollard pull certification. Combining her eco-friendly CAT engines with Markey winches on the bow and stern makes the Jane one of the most advanced and powerful shipdocking tractor tugs serving the port of Virginia.

The Jane McAllister was recently delivered from Washburn & Doughty and set sail for her new home port. The construction of the tug was overseen by Engineering Manager Martin Costa. The tireless efforts from McAllister engineering and Washburn & Doughty ensured that the Jane will be a top-of-the-line tug in McAllister’s fleet for many years to come.

Captain J. Elliott Westall, McAllister Towing of Virginia’s Vice President and General Manager, is excited by the tug’s arrival. “The Jane will not only meet, but exceed the needs, handling the ever-increasing size of vessels calling Virginia. 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.” McAllister President & CEO B. Buckley McAllister added, “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.”

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

The tugboat Jane McAllister sails past a US Navy vessel in Virginia.