Built in 2003, by Washburn and Doughty Associates of East Boothbay, Maine (hull #80) as the Independent for the Marine Towing of Tampa Company of Tampa, Florida.
In 2007, the tug was chartered to SeaBulk Towing Services Incorporated of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Where the tug retained her name.
In 2010, she was returned to Marine Towing of Tampa of Tampa, Florida. Where the tug retained her name.
In 2014, the tug was acquired by McAllister Towing and Transportation of New York, New York. Where she was renamed as the Moira McAllister.
Named for a fifth generation family member, niece of Captain Brian McAllister. And cousin, to McAllister Towing's President and CEO Buckley McAllister. As well as McAllister Towing's CFO Eric McAllister.
The Moira McAllister was the eighth tractor tug acquired by McAllister Towing. And, the twenty-eighth tractor tug to enter service for the McAllister Towing and Transportation Company.
Powered by two, Caterpillar 3516 B diesel engines. With two azimuthing, Rolls Royce 1650H z-drives outfitted with 2400(mm) diameter, fixed pitch, stainless steel, propellers. The nozzles are fitted with stainless steel liners for a rated 5,000 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two, 99kW generators. Driven by two, Caterpillar 3304 DIT diesel engines.
The tug is outfitted with an additional Caterpillar 3406TA diesel engine. Rated at 440 horsepower, turning at 2,100(rpms). Driving an Aurora 411 centrifugal fire pump. Supplying two 1,500 Gallon Per Minute, SKUM Fire Monitors. With water, and AFFF nozzles, as well as a self protection "deluge" system.
Her towing equipments consists an electric, Markey DEPC-48, single drum, towing winch mounted on the bow. Outfitted with 500(ft) of Spectra, high performance, line. As well as towing bitts, and a capstan mounted on the stern.
(Brian Busby, Captain Brian Fournier)