Vane Brothers adds 3,000 hp tug Cape Henry to fleet

Written by Marine Log Staff
Side view of tug

Vane Brothers’ newest, 3,000-horse power model bow tugboat, the Cape Henry.

Recently delivered by Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Naval Architects of Salisbury, Md., the 3,000-horsepower (hp) model bow tug Cape Henry is the eighteenth Maryland-built tug to join the fleet of Baltimore-based Vane Brothers.

Since 2008, Chesapeake Shipbuilding has delivered sixteen 3,000-horsepower model bow tugs and two 3,000-horsepower push boats to Vane Brothers. The shipyard is also constructing two more 3,000-hp push boats scheduled for delivery in 2021.

“Vane Brothers remains committed to investing in thoughtfully crafted vessels that are highly efficient and reliable while also capitalizing on crew safety and comfort,” says Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes. “Just like her smartly built predecessors, the Cape Henry has been designed to deliver peak productivity when paired with the Vane fleet of coastwise tank barges.”

The Cape Henry is a sister tug of the Cape Fear, which was delivered in October 2020. Both model bow tugs are primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges engaged in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coastwise trade.

Featuring a design by the late Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC, the Cape Henry measures 94 feet long and 32 feet wide with a hull depth of 13 feet. The vessel is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines and operates with a JonRie Series 500 hydraulic towing winch.

The Cape Henry is named for the promontory on the Atlantic shore of Virginia that is the southern boundary of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.

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