March 19, 2010, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today that it launched the brand new tugboat Quantico Creek yesterday. The Quantico Creek is the 4th of 6 tugboats that Chesapeake is building for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. The launching went perfectly and the tug will now go into its outfitting stages where it will be completed for an on time delivery. The day before the launching, the Quantico Creek was moved from its indoor fabrication facility to the launch ways. Due to the favorable indoor climate, more work was completed before the move and launch than on any vessel previously built by Chesapeake.
The launching comes just a few weeks after the Charles Burton, the 3rd of 6 tugs that Chesapeake is building for Vane Brothers, was delivered. All 6 tugs are 94 feet long and 32 feet wide. They are equipped with a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey and twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines capable of producing a combined 3,000 horsepower.
Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds commercial steel vessels between 90′ and 300′. The yard has been located in Salisbury, MD for more than thirty years. It has two large outfitting basins, over 2,000 feet of deepwater bulkhead, and indoor fabrication facilities.