Robert Allan Ltd. has announced that Bay-Houston Towing and Suderman & Young Towing Company have awarded Sterling Shipyard in Texas contracts to build multiple tugs of the RAstar 3200-W design, with the first delivery expected in October 2025. The new tug will be equipped with EMD 16 E23B HD tier 4 EPA-compliant engines and Schottel SRP-610 propulsion units, generating a bollard pull of 105 metric tonnes. Designed for escort operations, it can provide significant steering and braking force at speeds up to 10 knots and will also be fitted with a towing winch for coastal towing. The 105-foot-long escort tug will have ABS notations for various services, including towing, escort, fire-fighting, and low emission. Robert Allan Ltd. will also provide Sterling Shipyard with a comprehensive production design package for the construction.