Vane Brothers Company, Baltimore, has taken delivery of a new tug built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, Md.
The 94’x32’x13’ Fort Schuyler is the 11th Sassafras-class tugboat built for Vane by Chesapeake, and the sister tug to the Kings Point, which was delivered in April.
“Working alongside another Maryland-based company to deliver safer and more productive working vessels such as the Fort Schuyler has been a great experience for Vane,” said the company’s president, C. Duff Hughes. “Chesapeake Shipbuilding is helping us to further our mission of providing the highest quality service to our customers.”
The Fort Schuyler is powered by twin Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3 main engines producing a combined 3,000 hp, and operates with a single-drum hydraulic towing winch. In a first for Vane, the wheelhouse is equipped with multifunctional Simrad marine electronics displays featuring intuitive interfaces.
The Fort Schuyler has joined the Kings Point in Vane’s New York fleet. Both vessels pay homage to maritime institutions in the Empire State, with the Fort Schuyler named for the location of the State University of New York Maritime College’s marine transportation department. Kings Point, N.Y., is home to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Vane Brothers has served the maritime industry in the Port of Baltimore and along the East Coast since 1898. With a fleet of nearly 150 tugs and barges, the company provides a wide range of maritime services such as bunkering, launch services, and safety equipment inspection.