Chesapeake delivers 16th model bow tug to Vane Brothers

Vane Brothers Tug Cape Henry April 2021

(BALTIMORE) — Vane Brothers has taken delivery of Cape Henry, a 3,000-hp model bow tug that is the 18th Maryland-built towing vessel to join the company’s fleet.

Since 2008, 16 3,000-hp model bow tugs and two 3,000-hp pushboats have been delivered to Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Naval Architects of Salisbury, Md. Chesapeake is also constructing two more 3,000-hp pushboats scheduled for delivery in 2021.

Vane Brothers Tug Cape Henry April 2021
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“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, Cape Henry has been designed to deliver peak productivity when paired with the Vane fleet of coastwise tank barges.”

Cape Henry is a true sister tug of 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 of Entech Designs, 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.

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.

– Vane Brothers

By Professional Mariner Staff