Vane Brothers takes delivery of second Salisbury-class push tug

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The following is text of a news release from Vane Brothers:

(BALITMORE) — Vane Brothers, a leading marine transportation provider on the U.S. East, West and Gulf coasts, has taken delivery of Annapolis, the second of four 3,000-horsepower Salisbury-class push tugs being built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding and naval architects in Salisbury, Md.

Annapolis has a design that is identical to the tug Salisbury, delivered in 2019. With a length of 94 feet, width of 34 feet, molded depth of 10.5 feet, and working draft of 8.5 feet, each vessel in the Subchapter M-compliant Salisbury class of push tugs is especially well-suited for operations along inland waterways.

To create the Salisbury-class design, Chesapeake architect John Womack worked in close collaboration with Vane Brothers port Capt. Jim Demske, who has overseen construction of nearly 50 tugboats for Vane over the past two decades.

The tugs are spacious and quiet, and feature eight separate heating and air-conditioning systems that operate independently throughout the vessels. This enhances crew comfort in addition to augmenting fire-containment capability in case of emergency.

Annapolis runs on two Caterpillar 3512 Tier 3, 1,500-horsepower engines. A roomy, well appointed and functionally enhanced pilothouse features both Simrad and Furuno electronics, as well as dual Rose Point electronic charting systems.

The tug is named for the capital city of Maryland, which is also home of the U.S. Naval Academy. Vane Brothers has been headquartered in Maryland since 1898.

By Professional Mariner Staff