Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, Md., has signed a contract with Vane Brothers, Baltimore, to build two new 94'x32'x13' tugs. The new contract represents the 13th and 14th tugs that Chesapeake will have built for Vane in the last several years. These two new tugs will fit into the shipyard’s existing order book, which currently consists of a number of tugs and commercial vessels.
The new tugs, designated Hull 123 and Hull 124, will be nearly identical to the previous 12 tugs built for Vane Brothers. They will be equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 hp, and a single drum hydraulic winch. Similar to the previous tugs, the new boat will have comfortable accommodations for crewmembers.
Each Chesapeake Shipbuilding tug is built in a controlled indoor environment, before being moved and launched into Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake has recently made significant upgrades to its facility to increase its production capacity and efficiency.