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November 25, 2008

S&Y adds Z-Tech to coastal Texas tug fleet

Suderman and Young Towing Company (S&Y) has added a new Z-Tech tug, EVELENA to its coastal Texas fleet.

"Because of the deepening and widening of the Houston Ship Channel, much bigger ships now call into the Port of Houston," said Lamar Doyle, President. "With the addition of the EVELENA Z-Tech to our fleet we will offer more capacity, more power and greater maneuverability to handle the larger vessels along the Texas Gulf Coast."

S&Y says the Z-Tech design incorporates the best of the handling and design features of a tractor-style tug, a standard Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) and Z-drive configurations.

The EVELENA has a 360 degree turning circle for improved maneuverability, while its much larger skeg boosts towing capability and directional stability.

The tug measures 98.5 ft. in length overall and 39.3 ft. in beam, and has bollard pull ahead of more than 82 tons and bollard pull astern of more than 80 tons.

Designed to increase power while providing more control, the EVELENA Z-Tech will be able to "move more water, more quickly," according to Doyle.

The Z-Tech design was developed by naval architect Robert Allan of Vancouver.

EVELENA was built in Orange, Texas by Orange Shipbuilding Co., a division of Conrad Industries, Inc. of Morgan City, Louisiana.

Firmly rooted in the Texas Gulf Coast since the late 1800s, S&Y began as a stevedoring operation in Galveston.

Charles Suderman and Ben Dolson purchased the first steam tug, the LOUISE, and began to shift deck barges used extensively at the time for moving cargo. In 1916, the company added the first diesel tug to operate on the Texas Gulf Coast. Owners throughout the 20th century continuously expanded and upgraded the fleet to meet current shipping requirements and to offer customers the most efficient and effective services possible. At the beginning of the 21st century S&Y merged and combined fleets with Intracoastal Towing & Transportation Company.

The late J. Newton Rayzor, previous owner of S&Y, nicknamed his daughter Evelyn "Evelena." Evelyn Rayzor Nienhuis, whose family still owns the company, participated in the ceremony launching the boat named in her honor.

The boat was christened by Sponsor Lucile Rayzor Hutchinson (cousin to Evelyn) Saturday, November 15, 2008 at the Port of Houston's Barbour's Cut Container Terminal.


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