The tug Nanticoke, following her sister tug, the Patapsco, is the second in a line of Patapsco-class tugs.  She was designed by Frank Basile of Entech & Associates, and built in Houma by the Thoma-Sea Boat Builders.  She joined the fleet in March of 2005 and was subsequently named one of the “top 15 new tugs” by American Tugboat Review, an annual publication of Professional Mariner.

The Nanticoke is 95’ long, with a 34’ beam, and a 15’ draft.  Her gross tonnage is 99 tons.  She is powered by two CAT 3516, 2100 horsepower engines with Kort nozzles, and maintains running speeds of better than 12 knots.  Featuring a model bow and square stern, her fuel capacity is approximately 90,000 gallons.  Potable water capacity is approximately 9,000 gallons.  With accommodations for seven crew members, the Nanticoke is dedicated to 50-class tank barges on the coastwide trade.