Chesapeake launches another Vane Brothers tugboat

APRIL 9, 2015, – Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, MD, has successfully launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD.

The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, is the eleventh tug that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers under a 14 vessel contracted.

The new tugboat is nearly identical to the previous 10 tugboats built by the shipbuilder for Vane Brothers, measuring 90 ft long, 32 ft wide, with a 13 ft hull depth and equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines, producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum JonRie hydraulic towing winch.

Each Chesapeake Shipbuilding tugboat is built in a controlled indoor environment, before being moved and launched into Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has recently made significant upgrades to its shipyard to increase its production capacity and efficiency, including adding two large hull fabrication buildings.

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