The following is the text of a news release from Vane Brothers:
(BALTIMORE) — The newest Vane Brothers tugboat, New York, was christened during a brief ceremony June 12 at St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. New York is the sixth of eight 4,200-horsepower, model-bow tugs contracted through St. Johns by Vane Brothers.
Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., Vane Brothers also conducts operations from a facility in Brooklyn, N.Y., and other locations along the U.S. East Coast. More than 50 Vane Brothers tugboats are primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges engaged in the North Atlantic coastwise trade.
Bobby Barfield, St. Johns’ vice president of operations and general manager, kicked off the ceremony with a blessing of the tug prior to its launch. The traditional smashing of a champagne bottle on the New York’s hull was performed by Carla Newkirk, human resources manager at St. Johns. Representing Vane Brothers was Capt. Jim Demske, senior port captain in charge of new vessel construction.
Scheduled for delivery later this summer, the tug New York is an Elizabeth Anne-class vessel. The tug Elizabeth Anne, delivered by St. Johns in January 2016, was the first in the series.