Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced yesterday the signing of a new contract with Bisso Offshore, LLC on May 31, 2018. The contract is for the construction of two (2) Robert Allan Ltd. RApport 2400 Ship Handing Tugs with escort capability.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. Signs Contract with Bisso Offshore, LLC for Two (2) RApport 2400 Ship Handling Tugs

Bisso Offshore, LLC is one of Eastern’s long-term customers and has taken delivery of four (4) previous modern Z-drive tugs from Eastern since 2006 (JOSEPHINE ANNE, BEVERLY B., ELIZABETH B and the ARCHIE T. HIGGINS). These two new Robert Allan RApport 2400 design tugs have been customized by the designer and owner to provide specific operational features while also meeting new EPA Tier 4 and USCG Sub-M requirements.

Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, said: “We are honored to be working with our friends at E.N. Bisso once again on this exciting project. E.N. Bisso is a valued repeat customer for us and we appreciate being selected to build this latest class of ship handling tugs. We look forward to working with the E.N. Bisso team on another successful project.”

 Dimensions (Molded):  80’-0 x 38’-0 x 13’-2”
 Fuel Oil:  28,000 USG
 DEF/Urea:  (2) x 850 USG
 Potable Water:   8,750 USG
 Total Horsepower:  (2) x 2,549 HP @ 1,800 RPM
 Bollard Pull (Predicted):  63 Metric Tons
 Main Engines:  (2) LA CAT, Caterpillar 3512E Tier 4 EPA/IMO III
marine propulsion diesel engines
 Main Propulsion:  (2) Rolls Royce US205 P20 Z-Drives
 Main Generators:  (2) Kennedy Engines Co. John Deere 4045AFM85
Tier 3 EPA certified Marine Auxiliary Diesel
Generator Set, each rated at 99kW @ 1,800 RPM
 Firefighting:  (1) Counterfire ES-125-400, 1,500 gpm at 100 psi,
diesel engine driven and 4” Stang remote controlled
fire monitor
 Hawser Winch:  (1) Markey Machinery, Inc. Model DEPCF-42 HS,
Single Drum 40HP, Render/Recovery, Line Tension
Display, Electric Escort Hawser Winch
 Capstan:  (1) Markey Machinery, Inc. CEPB-40 5HP Bitt
 Tow Hook:  (1) Washington Chain & Supply 90 Ton SWL tow
hook, electric-air remote control, manual or remote
 Regulatory:  USCG Sub-M, COI, Designed and Built to ABS Class
but not classed under ABS
 Flag:  United States of America

The RApport 2400 Ship Handling Tugs features the following characteristics:

Bisso Offshore, a division of E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc. currently has a tug fleet of 18 vessels featuring a blend of seven modern tractor-class/equivalent tugs along with conventional twin screw tugs. Whatever the challenges that may be presented by the mighty Mississippi River, the Port of Gulfport, MS or Port Canaveral, FL, E.N. Bisso has the optimal equipment to service the varied needs of the diverse mix of cargo vessels that call in the country’s largest port complex as well as other ports. E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc. is proudly owned by the fifth generation family descendants of Captain Joseph Bisso who innovatively founded the company by launching a ferry service to row people across the Mississippi River in Downtown New Orleans. E.N. Bisso can trace these early days of the company’s activities back to 1880 and the oars in the company’s logo are a salute to its origins. This enterprise quickly expanded to employ the use of steam-powered ferries and tugs. The ferry business grew into a sizable venture and was eventually sold to the State of Louisiana. In 1946 the company was split up and Captain Edwin Napoleon Bisso formed his own company with 6 tugboats and 2 heavy-lift derricks, later naming it E.N. Bisso & Son. Since then the company has grown and evolved to its position today as a leading U.S. Gulf and East Coast provider of harbor tug and towing services.

Source: Eastern Shipbuilding