[APRIL 20, 2020]


Vane Brothers, a premier marine transportation provider operating in most major U.S. shipping ports, has taken delivery of the Cape Henry, a 3,000-horsepower, model bow tug that is the eighteenth 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, Maryland. 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.”

The Cape Henry is a true sister tug of the Cape Fear, which was delivered 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 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.

For more information, contact Blaise Willig at bwillig@vanebrothers.com

 About Vane Brothers
Established in 1898, Vane Brothers operates on the U.S. East, West and Gulf coasts and in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, the company provides a wide range of maritime functions, including bunkering, launch services, and safety equipment supplies and inspections. The Vane Brothers fleet numbers 130 tugboats, barges and launch boats, Vane Brothers sets the standard of excellence in the maritime industry with up-to-date equipment, well-trained crews and a commitment to safety and the environment.