New Tug for Vane Brothers

Fishing Creek (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Posted by Eric Haun

Vane Brothers has taken delivery of the 3,000-horsepower Fishing
Creek, the 13th Maryland-built tugboat to join the
Baltimore-based company's expanding fleet in the last 10 years.

Designed by Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC, Fishing
Creek is the latest of 20 Sassafras Class tugboats contracted
through Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Md. Construction
began in 2007 on the first-in-series tugboat Sassafras, which,
when delivered to Vane Brothers 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 12 tugboats built for Vane as part of the Chesapeake
Shipbuilding contract. The vessel is equipped with twin
Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3 main engines that provide a combined
3,000 horsepower, and operates with a Jon-Rie Series 500
hydraulic towing winch. Soft-core panels and top-line
accoutrements are used throughout, offering the crew a quiet,
comfortable living 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," said 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."

Named for a location on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Fishing
Creek was preceded in August 2016 by the Fort McHenry, which pays
tribute to the historic Baltimore landmark known as the
birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner. 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 is primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges
engaged in the North Atlantic coastwise trade.

Mar 3, 2017

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