Suderman & Young Towing Company’s New Tug, Ted C. Litton

Photo Courtesy of Robert Mihovil Photography

In March, Suderman & Young Towing Company took delivery of the Z-Tech® 30-80 tug Ted C. Litton constructed by Gulf Island Shipyards. This is the first of five Z-Tech® 30-80 tugs for delivery that will operate in ports of the Texas Gulf Coast. The tug, Ted C. Litton was designed by Robert Allan Ltd, a naval architect from Vancouver, Canada. A main feature of the Z-Tech® is an incorporation of a sponsored hull form into the existing Z-Tech design. Computer simulations conducted by Robert Allan Ltd.’s in-house CFD team demonstrated escort performance significantly increased by generating more than 100 MT steering force at 10 knots.

The customized layout of the tug is one of design refinement. The Master and Chief Engineer’s cabin, along with galley and mess, are located on the main deck while two cabins for four crew members are located on the lower deck. Ship-handling fenders at the bow consist of one tier of 36” OD x 18” ID cylindrical fender at the main deck level, with 16” thick double loop soft fenders between the main deck and the knuckle at bow and along the sheer lines of main deck. 16” OD x 8” ID cylindrical fendering is used at the stern.

Ted C. Litton Specifications:

  • Beam, Moulded: 42’-8”
  • Depth, Moulded: 16’-5”
  • Gross Tonnage:
    -ITC: 411
    -US Regulatory: 297
  • Tank Capacity:
    -Fuel Oil: 42620 GAL
    -Potable Water: 6700 GAL
  • Performances:
    -Bollard Pull Ahead: 84.5 MT
    -Free Running Speed Ahead: 13 Knots
  • Propulsion Systems
    -Engines: Caterpillar 3516E, EPA Tier 4 certified diesel engines
    -Power: 3386 bHP at 1800 rpm
    -Z-Drive: Schottel SRP510FP Z
    -Propellers: unit, Ø2800 propeller
  • Generators: Two John Deere Model 6068AFM85
    -Power:125 kW (each), 480V, 3-Ph, 60 Hz.
  • FIFI System: (2) FFS 6200 gpm pumps driven by (2) Caterpillar engine C18
  • Classification: ABS *A1 Towing Service, * AMS, Escort Service, Fire Fighting Vessel Class 1 and all applicable USCG regulations.


CASTARA’s First U.S. Port of Call: Houston

Agent Arlan Price/Bulbous, Capt Rishabh Saxena, and Captain Tom Hudson/Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (USA), LLC.

The Castara‘s first U.S. port call was the port of Houston on March 9th delivering Methanol cargo from Trinidad. Christened in December 2018,the 52,000-tonne methanol eco-friendly and fuel-efficient carrier was built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) and sails under the Singapore flag. Master of the vessel was Captain Rishabh Saxena.

Capt. Saxena of Synergy Maritime Pvt Ltd., explained how well the Castara was designed physically with the latest technology available for pumping, control and maintenance systems as well as ECDIS Electronic Chart Displays and Information Systems.

“Methanol trade is as dynamic as the shipping industry is and we are observing changes in its trading pattern in recent years. Even the changes are surrounding us, I am confident that the new vessel, with most advanced design, will remain playing vital role in our fleet, transporting methanol,” said Masato Koike, Managing Executive Officer of MOL.

Founded in 1884, MOL is a multi-modal transport group that operates in a wide variety of fields including crude oil tankers, methanol carriers, chemical tankers, product tankers, dry bulkers such as iron ore carriers, coal carriers, and woodchip carriers, LNG carriers and offshore business, car carriers, ferries, RORO ships, and logistics.

The Synergy Group is a ship manager that has over 200 vessels under management, Synergy supervises a range of ships including LPG tankers, chemical tankers, oil tankers (VLCC, Suezmax, Aframax, LR2, LR1 and MR), container vessels in the 1,800 TEU-20,000+ TEU range and every size of bulk carrier. They are headquartered in Singapore.

  • Date April 25, 2019
  • Tags 2019 March/April