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How Grooved Solutions Helped McAllister Towing Minimize Downtime Special to Marine Log
rydocking is a complex process that is both expensive and time consuming. However, it is a necessary burden that ship owners, operators, and crew members must go through when the time requires. Any vessel that’s tied up in maintenance is a lost revenue opportunity. Thus, limiting time out of service by performing repair and retrofit services dockside or afloat is of critical importance. A great industry case comes from McAllister Towing & Transportation, a company that has been active for more than 150 years, surviving and thriving during a Civil War, two World Wars, and the Great Depression. 22 Marine Log // July 2017
McAllister operates a fleet of more than 70 tugboats and 12 barges along the U.S. East Coast from Portland, ME to San Juan, PR. Their mission mix runs the gamut including ship docking, general harbor towing, coastal towing and bulk transportation in each port. The company got its start when Captain James “Whiskers” McAllister, an immigrant from Ireland, founded it with a single sail lighter—and is currently led by fourth (Captain Brian McAllister) and fifth generation McAllisters (Buckley and Eric). McAllister Towing has become one of the oldest and largest marine towing and transportation companies in the United States.
McAllister operates three tugs out of Baltimore, including the Robert E. McAllister, a harbor assist tractor tug. Built in 1969 by Peterson Builders of Sturgeon Bay, WI, the Robert E. McAllister was originally a U.S. Navy vessel, the USS Nanticoke (YTB-803). The USS Nanticoke was eventually struck from the Naval Register in 1999, and, in 2002, sold through the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service to Nix’s Mate Equipment Company of S a l em , NH , where it was renamed the Canal Protector. McAllister later acquired and renamed the tug the Robert E. McAllister. In 2005, it was rebuilt. Two Caterpillar 3516B diesel engines replaced the tug’s single Fairbanks-Morse