Chesapeake Shipbuilding launches another tug for Vane Brothers


The following is the text of a news release from Chesapeake Shipbuilding:

(SALISBURY, Md.) — Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today that it has successfully launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Md. The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted.

The new tugboat is nearly identical to the previous 10 tugboats built for Vane Brothers — equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single-drum 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 facility to increase its production capacity and efficiency, including two large hull fabrication buildings.

About Chesapeake Shipbuilding

With over 30 years of direct shipbuilding experience, Chesapeake Shipbuilding has become a leading designer and builder of a notable array of commercial ships up to 450 feet in length. Chesapeake Shipbuilding vessels operate all over the world and are suited in both inland and ocean service. Chesapeake Shipbuilding specializes in design and construction of passenger vessels, tugboats, ferry boats, etc.

The shipyard currently has five oceangoing tugs and two 305-foot cruise vessels under construction. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff