Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, Md., has inked another new contract with Vane Brothers, Baltimore, to design and build four new 94'x34'x10'6" Subchapter M-compliant, push tugs. This new order will bring the total number of tugs to 20 that have been built by Chesapeake for Vane since 2007.

Design and construction on the new tugs will begin immediately in Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings. The four new vessels will be sisterships.

The new 3,000-hp tugs will be equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines, conventional shafts, rudders and flanking rudders. They will accommodate up to seven crewmembers and will have large, modern private and semiprivate quarters.

Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds steel commercial vessels between 100' and 400'. The yard has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building two new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment. Chesapeake has over 40 years of experience and specializes in the design and construction of passenger vessels, tugs, ferries, etc.