The following is the text of a news release from Chesapeake Shipbuilding:
(SALISBURY, Md.) — Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. has signed another agreement with Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Md., to design and build four new Subchapter M-compliant push tugs, yet to be named. This new order will bring the total number of tugs to 20 that have been built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding for Vane Brothers since 2007.
Design and construction on the new tugs will begin immediately in Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings. The four new vessels will be sister ships.
The new 3,000-horsepower tugs will be equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines, conventional shafts, rudders and flanking rudders. They will accommodate up to seven crewmembers and will have large, modern private and semi-private quarters. The Chesapeake-designed tugs will be 94 feet long, with a 34-foot molded beam and a 10-foot 6-inch molded depth.