SALISBURY, Md. – Chesapeake Shipbuilding, based here, announced last week that it signed another new contract on Dec. 29 with Vane Brothers of Baltimore to build an eighth oceangoing tug. This was the second new tug Vane ordered from Chesapeake in December. Chesapeake Shipbuilding now has three tugs under construction for Vane and a 260’ luxury cruise ship for American Cruise Lines, a Guilford, Conn., subsidiary of the shipyard.
Speaking on the relationship with Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Duff Hughes president of Vane Brothers, said in a statement, “We have a rhythm and the fact that they have the construction process down to a T made it an easy decision. And we hope we will be building numbers nine and 10 there.”
Construction on the new tug began immediately in one of Chesapeake’s hull fabrication buildings. Two weeks earlier, the shipyard commenced construction on the seventh tug in an adjacent building.
The two vessels share the same layout and design, allowing for production efficiencies.
The newest tug, designated Hull 106, will be equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 hp. The tug will be 94’x32’x13’.