Texas-based Gulf Island Fabrication has executed change orders on existing contracts with two customers to add two terminal/escort tugs with FiFi outfitting to the company’s backlog.

There are also options for two additional non-FiFi tugs.

The 30-metre by 13-metre vessels have a maximum bollard pull of 80 tonnes.

Gulf Island President Kirk J Meche said the follow-on change orders were from Bay-Houston Towing Company and Suderman and Young Towing Company for the additional tugs.

Primarily designed as a port/terminal ship-handling design to include escort duties, the tugs are powered by Caterpillar (EPA Tier 4) engines and Schottel Z-drive units that allow the tug to generate bollard pulls of 80 tonnes and minimum speeds of 13 knots.

Deliveries begin in late 2018.

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