Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers 12th Tug to Vane Brothers

SALISBURY, MD – July 20, 2016: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. of Salisbury, MD announced it has successfully delivered another ocean going tugboat to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. The boat, named Fort McHenry, marks the 12th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for the maritime transportation company. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has 5 additional tugboats under construction for Vane Brothers.

The Fort McHenry is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey. The tug measures 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

All Chesapeake Shipbuilding tugs are built in a controlled indoor environment prior to 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.

About Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds steel and aluminum commercial vessels primarily between 100 and 400 feet. The yard has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building two new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment. Chesapeake Shipbuilding launched on July 9, 2016 a 280’ passenger vessel for American Cruise Lines.

Chesapeake Shipbuilding is a leading designer and builder of commercial vessels in the United States. Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds both inland and ocean going vessels between 100 and 400 feet that operate worldwide. With over 35 years of experience and specialization in the design and construction of passenger vessels, tugboats, ferry boats, etc., Chesapeake Shipbuilding is positioned as the unrivaled expert in the field. Chesapeake Shipbuilding currently has 7 vessels under construction.

Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s construction yard is located on 14 acres of level land, with more than 2400 ft. of deepwater bulkhead, along the protected waters of Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has 2 outfitting basins, 3 level construction/side launch systems, plus a ground transfer system and 5 large hull fabrication buildings in addition to various shop buildings. With Maryland’s mild weather, a skilled workforce and a convenient location near the marine suppliers in Norfolk, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, they are usually able to deliver vessels in record time. For more information, visit