DECEMBER 21, 2017—In the continuation of a newbuilding partnership that extends some 10 years, Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp., Salisbury, MD, announced that it had inked a new agreement with Vane Brothers, Baltimore, MD to design and build four new Subchapter M-compliant push tugs.

This new order will bring the total number of tugs to 20 that have been built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding for Vane Brothers since 2007. Design and construction on the new tugs will begin immediately in Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings.

The four at-yet-unnamed new tugs will be sister vessels. The new 3,000-horsepower tugs will be powered by two Caterpillar 3512 main engines, with conventional shafts, rudders and flanking rudders. Each tug will accommodate up to 7 crew members and will have large, modern private and semi-private quarters. The Chesapeake-designed tugs will have a length overall of 94 ft, molded beam of a 34 ft, and draft of a 10 ft 6 in.


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JUNE 26, 2017 — Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) has launched a new service center in Savannah, GA, the third largest container port in the United States.

The operations in Savannah will be managed by the existing Aegean U.S. team. Under the terms of the agreement with Colonial Terminals, Inc., Aegean will lease tankage from Colonial's oil terminal on the Savannah River.

Aegean will acquire and blend a full range of bunker fuel products and has agreed to supply Colonial Oil Industries, Inc. with a range of No. 6 oil products for Colonial's truck delivery business. Aegean has contracted with the Vane Brothers Company to provide barge services in the port.

Manolis Chochlakis, Regional Manager of the Americas for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, said, "We are pleased to announce the launch of our new service center in Savannah, which strengthens our existing presence in the U.S. East Coast market. Our core customer base will get a price competitive offering in a critical container market that has been underserved since Colonial's exit from the business in 2013. Aegean's expansion into the U.S. Southeast Coast will enhance the flexibility and reach of our supply network and enable us to better serve our customers."

Mr. Chochlakis concluded, "The Colonial Group is an experienced group that knows how to store, blend and distribute marine fuels. We are excited to partner with them to bring Savannah back to prominence as a marine fuel market."

The Colonial lease and supply agreement begins July 1, 2017.

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JUNE 22, 2017 — The newest Vane Brothers tugboat, the New York, was christened during a brief ceremony June 12 at St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, FL.

The New York is the sixth of eight 4,200-horsepower, model-bow tugs contracted at St. Johns by Vane Brothers.

Bobby Barfield, the shipbuilder's Vice President of Operations and General Manager, kicked off the ceremony with a blessing of the tug prior to its launch. The traditional smashing of a champagne bottle on the New York's hull was performed by Carla Newkirk, Human Resources Manager at St. Johns. Representing Vane Brothers was Captain Jim Demske, Senior Port Captain in charge of new vessel construction.

Scheduled for delivery by the shipyard later this summer, the tug New York is an Elizabeth Anne Class vessel. The tug Elizabeth Anne, delivered by St. Johns in January 2016, was the first in the series.

Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Vane Brothers also conducts operations from a facility in Brooklyn, NY, and other locations along the U.S. East Coast. More than 50 Vane Brothers tugboats are primarily engaged in towing petroleum] in the North Atlantic coastwise trade.

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MAY 2, 2017 — Vane Brothers, Baltimore, MD, recently added two newly constructed vessels to its growing fleet: the 4,200-horsepower tugboat Philadelphia and the purpose-­‐built asphalt barge Double Skin 510A.

Primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges engaged in the North Atlantic coastwise trade, the Philadelphia is the fifth of eight 4,200-horsepower, model bow tug boats built for Vane Brothers by St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, FL. The first in the series, the Elizabeth Anne, was delivered in January 2016, while the sixth], the New York, is scheduled forcompletion this summer.

The DS-510A, with a 53,000-barrel cargo capacity, is the second newbuild asphalt barge delivered to Vane Brothers by the Conrad Deepwater South shipyard in Amelia,LA.The first was the DS-509 A, which was put into service in July 2015.

"Vane Brothers' New Vessel Construction Program is a commitment we keep to our customers and our mariners to invest in the safest, most modern and efficient fleet," says Vane Brothers President C.DuffHughes."We remain very pleased with the quality of tugboats coming out of St.Johns Ship Building and the barges being built by Conrad."

Designed by Entech Designs, LLC, the Philadelphia measures 100 feet long with a 34-foot beam and 13-foot draft. Her two Caterpillar 3516 Tier 3 ("A" Rated) engines, each develop 2,100 horsepower at 1,600 rpm. Two John Deere PowerTech 4045, 99 kW generators deliver service power to the boat; a third JohnDeere 4045 drives the Intercontinental DD200 towing winch.

All Elizabeth Anne Class tugs feature SIMRAD Electronics package installed by Rhodes Electronics.

Comfortable accommodations are provided for up to seven crew members.

With an overall length of 361 feet (110.03 m) and a 62-foot (18.9m) beam, the DS-510A double-hull tank barge has a sophisticated thermal heating system that keeps asphalt at approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit so that thehighlyviscous liquid flows more easily.

The DS-510 A operates at a pumpingrate of 8,000 bbl/h with a loading rate of 10,000 bbl/h.

Along with transporting asphalt, the barge is generally suited for moving heavy oil products.

Double Skin 510 A

Vane Brothers Double Skin 510A March 2017

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MARCH 17, 2017 — Conrad Shipyard, Morgan City, LA, recently delivered the Double Skin 510A, a 55,000- BBL capacity asphalt barge, to the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, MD.

The Double Skin 510A was constructed at Conrad's Deepwater South facility and will operate out of Philadelphia, PA.

"We appreciate Vane Brother's confidence in our shipyard, and it is a pleasure doing business with their management team," said Conrad Shipyard Senior Vice President Dan Conrad. "The 55,000-BBL asphalt barge is a beautiful vessel and is a testament to the exceptional skills of our workforce."

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MARCH 3, 2017 —Baltimore headquartered Vane Brothers, one of the nation's premier marine transportation providers, has taken delivery of the 3,000 hp tug Fishing Creek.

Designed by Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC, the Fishing Creek is the thirteenth of 20 Sassafras Class tugboats contracted by Vane at Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD. The first, the Sassafras, delivered in 2008, was considered to be the first tugboat constructed in Maryland in more than 30 years and the first ocean-service tug built in the state in more than a half century.

Measuring 94 feet long and 32 feet wide with a hull depth of 13 feet, the Fishing Creek is similar in most respects to the previous tugs in the series.

The vessel is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3 main engines that provide a combined 3,000 horsepower, and operates with a JonRie Series 500 hydraulic towing winch.

"Soft-core" panels and top-line fittings are used throughout, offering a quiet, comfortable crew environment.

State-of-the-art componentry is at the captain's fingertips in the wheelhouse, which features mostly wooden accents for a more traditional look.

"Frank Basile and Entech gave us such a great design from which to work 10 years ago that we have made very few changes along the way," says Vane Brothers Senior Port Captain Jim Demske, who oversees the tugboat construction program. "And keeping these beautiful tugs similar in construction is a great benefit to our crews, purchasing agents and contracted vendors. The tugs are both powerful and practical."

Next in line from Chesapeake Shipbuilding is the tugboat Cape May, scheduled for delivery this summer.

The Fishing Creek has joined the company's Philadelphia-based Delta Fleet and will primarily be used for towing petroleum bargesin the North Atlantic coastwise trade.

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AUGUST 16, 2016—Baltimore-headquartered Vane Brothers is adding three new classes of tugs that are being built at three different shipyards as part of its extensive ongoing fleet expansion.

One of those new classes of tugs was designed by naval architect and marine engineering firm Castleman Maritime, LLC, Clear Shores, TX. Called the Assateague Class, the Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tugs were developed by Castleman Maritime using ABS Rules for a classed vessel.

The 110 ft x 38 ft x 17 ft tugs are being built by Conrad Orange shipyard in Orange, TX. Castleman Maritime says Conrad laid the keel for the tugs in December 2015, only three months after the design began for the tugs.

According to Vane Brothers spokesman Blaise Willig, the first of the class, the Assateague, will be delivered in late 2017, followed by the Chincoteague and Wachapreague in 2018.

The three tugs will be mated with three 800 Series 80,000 bbl tank barges being built by Conrad.

Each tug will have a raised forecastle and admeasure less than 500 gross tons. Each tug will be powered by two Cummins QSK-60 diesels driving open propellers through Reintjes reduction gears. Two 125-kW Cummins generators and one 60-kW Cummins emergency generator will power the tugs’ electrical systems. The tugs will connect to barges via a Beacon Finland JAK-700 coupling system.

Castleman Maritime’s President, Gregory E. Castleman, says he is “proud to be a part of their impressive new construction program. It has been a pleasure to work with their talented and experienced team to develop this new class of tugs.”

The design reflects Castleman’s 40+ years of experience in the design of many types of service craft, including tugs, barges, crewboats, and offshore supply vessels.

This past July, Vane Brothers took delivery of the 3,000 hp tug Fort McHenry, the most recent of 12 Sassafras Class tugs built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, MD, since 2008. The Sassafras Class is designed by Frank Basile, PE, of Entech Designs, LLC, Kenner, LA. The class is 94 feet x 32 feet, with a hull depth of 12 feet. Each tug is powered by two Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3 main engines and operates with a a Jon-Rie Series 500 hydraulic towing winch.

Part of Vane Brothers’ New York-based Alpha Fleet, the Fort McHenry is primarily engaged in towing petroleum barges in the North Atlantic coastwise trade.

Vane Brothers has also added the Double Skin 317 bunker barge to its Echo Fleet operating out of Philadelphia, PA. The DS-317 is the last in a series of seven 35,000 bbl bunker barges to be delivered by Conrad Orange.

This past May, the 4,200 hp tug Hudson and the 55,000 bbl Double Skin 601 joined Van Brothers Delta fleet. The Hudson is the second of eight 4,200 hp Elizabeth Anne Class tugs being built by St Johns Shipbuilding, Palatka, FL.

The Double Skin 601 is the first in series of 55,000 bbl barges being built by Conrad Deepwater South Shipyard in Amelia, LA.

Also designed by Frank Basile, the Elizabeth Anne Class tugboats are a close cousin of the company’s Basile-designed Patapsco Class tugboats, 15 of which were produced between 2004 and 2009. With a length of 100 feet, beam of 34 feet, and hull depth of 15 feet, the model-bow Hudson has two Caterpillar 3516 Tier 3 main engines, each producing 2,100 hp at 1,600 rev/min. Two John Deere PowerTech 4045, 99 kW generators deliver service power to the boat, while a third John Deere 4045 teamed with an Allison transmission drives the chain-driven INTERCON DD200 towing winch.


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JUNE 17, 2016 —  Influx of new technologies reshapes tug and barge industry (Extended coverage of Marine Log's June 2016 issue) 

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JANUARY 28, 2016 – The Vane Brothers Company, Baltimore, MD, has taken delivery of the Elizabeth Anne, the first in a series of eight 4,200 horsepower tugboats.

All eight Elizabeth Anne Class towing vessels are on order at St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, FL, with the second in the series, the Hudson, scheduled for delivery from the shipyard this spring.

"The 4,200 horsepower Elizabeth Anne Class tugboat is the ultimate workhorse, bringing exceptional power and performance to Vane's growing fleet," says Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes. "We are thrilled with the results coming out of St. Johns Ship Building, and we know that our crews appreciate the comfort, safety and efficiency that are built into each new towing vessel."

Designed by Frank Basile, P.E. of Entech Designs, LLC, the Elizabeth Anne Class tugboat is a close cousin to Vane's Basile-designed Patapsco Class tugboats, 15 of which were produced between 2004 and 2009.

Measuring 100 feet long and 34 feet wide, with a hull depth of 15 feet, the model-bow Elizabeth Anne has two Caterpillar 3516 Tier 3 engines, each generating 2,100 horsepower at 1,600 rpm. The Elizabeth Anne also has Reintjes marine gears supplied by Karl Senner, LLC, Kenner, LA.

Two John Deere PowerTech 4045, 99 kW generators deliver service power to the boat, while a third John Deere 4045, teamed with an Allison transmission, drives the chain-driven Intercon DD200 towing winch.

The Elizabeth Anne is the 27th vessel completed for Vane Brothers under the supervision of Senior Port Captain Jim Demske, whose reputation for delivering superior tugboats that emphasize functionality, crew comfort and safety is widely recognized in the maritime industry.

The Elizabeth Anne features the latest in solid-state, Simrad electronics and has handsomely appointed, mahogany upper and lower pilothouses, along with spacious accommodations for up to seven crew members.

Primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges engaged in the North Atlantic coastwise trade, the Elizabeth Anne was outfitted at Vane Brothers' Jacksonville, FL, location before heading for Conrad Industries' Orange, TX, shipyard, where Vane's newest 35,000-barrel tank barge, the Double Skin 315, awaited towing to New York City.

The Elizabeth Anne is named for Elizabeth Hughes, who is Vane Brothers' Vice President, the mother of President C. Duff Hughes and the wife of former Vane Chairman Charles F. Hughes Jr.

This is the second Vane vessel to be named Elizabeth Anne; the other, recognized as Vane's first tugboat when acquired in 1990, was removed from service in 2014 and donated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, for use as a training platform.

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December 14, 2015 —Tugs and barge operators invest in new vessels for their fleets. (Extended coverage from Marine Log's December 2015 issue).

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