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Vane Brothers Adds New Tug Cape Henry

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April 20, 2021

Vane Brothers’ newest, 3,000-horespower model bow tugboat, the Cape Henry. (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers’ newest, 3,000-horespower model bow tugboat, the Cape Henry. (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers said it has taken delivery of its new 3,000-horsepower model bow tug Cape Henry from Chesapeake Shipbuilding.

Cape Henry is a true sister tug of the Cape Fear, which was delivered to Van Brothers in October 2020. Both model bow tugs are primarily tasked with towing petroleum barges engaged in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic coastwise trade.

Featuring a design by the late Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC, the Cape Henry measures 94 feet long and 32 feet wide with a hull depth of 13 feet. The vessel is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines and operates with a JonRie Series 500 hydraulic towing winch.

The latest newbuild is the 18th Maryland-built towing vessel to join the Baltimore-based company’s fleet. Since 2008, sixteen 3,000-horsepower model bow tugs and two 3,000-horsepower push boats have been delivered to Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Naval Architects of Salisbury, Md. Chesapeake is also constructing two more 3,000-horsepower push boats scheduled for delivery in 2021.

“Vane Brothers remains committed to investing in thoughtfully crafted vessels that are highly efficient and reliable while also capitalizing on crew safety and comfort,” says Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes. “Just like her smartly built predecessors, the Cape Henry has been designed to deliver peak productivity when paired with the Vane fleet of coastwise tank barges.”

Cape Henry is named for the promontory on the Atlantic shore of Virginia that is the southern boundary of the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay.

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