Chesapeake Shipbuilding Launches the tug Salisbury


SALISBURY, MD – May 9, 2019 – Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. of Salisbury, MD announced today that it successfully launched the tug Salisbury, the 1st of 4 sister ship tugs for Vane Brothers. The new tug is a Sub-Chapter, M-Compliant Push Tug, both designed and built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding & Naval Architects. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has been designing and building commercial and passenger vessels since 1978 today, it is the most successful shipyard and naval architecture firm in the U.S. 

Construction of the Salisbury was completed in Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s new hull fabrication buildings and delivery of the tug will be in July, 2019. 

The new 3000 horsepower tug is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines, conventional shafts, rudders and flanking rudders. It will accommodate up to 7 crew members and has large, modern private and semi-private quarters. The Chesapeake designed tug is 94’ LOA, with a 34’ molded beam and a 10’ 6” molded depth. 

About Chesapeake Shipbuilding 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds steel commercial vessels up to 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 is the leading designer and builder of commercial ships in the United States with over 40 years of experience and specialization in the design and construction of passenger vessels, tugboats, ferry boats, etc. 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s construction yard is located on 15 acres of level land, with more than 2400 ft. of Deepwater bulkhead, along the protected waters of Maryland’s Wicomico River. The Shipyard has two outfitting basins, 3 level construction/side launch systems, plus a ground transfer system and various hull fabrication buildings and shops. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has a skilled workforce and a convenient location near several major airports. For more information, please visit