Tugs

Vane Brothers operates one of the most advanced tug fleets in North America, with more than 50 tug boats, two articulated tug and barge units (AT/B's), and two freight boats. As our fleet continues to grow, we are committed to utilizing the most innovative and advanced equipment to meet changing customer requirements. As the company focuses on significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the full complement of Vane Brothers vessels built since 2014 are EPA Tier 3 compliant.

Select a tug class below to learn more detail about some of our individual vessels.

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Anacostia

The tug Anacostia is the 14th in a line of Patapsco Class tugs designed by Frank Basile of Entech & Associates and constructed at Thoma-Sea Boat Builders in Lockport, Louisiana. The Anacostia features a model bow and square stern. With accommodations for seven crew members, she is dedicated to 55,000-barrel tank barges on the coastwise trade. Her name comes from the river that flows from Maryland into Washington, DC, and empties into the Potomac River.

Call Sign

WDE5804

Builder

Thoma-Sea Boat Builders

Year Built

2009

Gross Tonnage

99

Length

95.7

Beam

34.0

Depth

14.3

Draft

12.10

Rated Horse Power

4200


Baltimore

The tug Baltimore is the third of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4,200-horsepower tugboats designed by Frank Basile of Entech Designs, LLC and contracted through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Florida. She is named for the city of Baltimore, Maryland, which is home to the second largest seaport in the mid-Atlantic and the corporate headquarters of the Vane Brothers Company.

Call Sign

WDI 9338

Builder

St. Johns Ship Building

Year Built

2016

Gross Tonnage

104

Length

95.8

Beam

34.0

Depth

14.4

Draft

13.50

Rated Horse Power

4200


Choptank

The tug Choptank is the fifth in a line of Patapsco Class tugs. Like her 14 sister tugs, she was designed by Frank Basile of Entech & Associates, and built by the Thoma-Sea Boat Builders in Houma, Louisiana. She joined the fleet in January 2007 and was subsequently named one of the “17 Top New Tugs of 2007” by American Tugboat Review, an annual publication of Professional Mariner. The Choptank is dedicated to 50-class tank barges on the coastwise trade. Her name comes from the largest river on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Call Sign

WDD4672

Builder

Thoma-Sea Boat Builders

Year Built

2006

Gross Tonnage

98

Length

94.8

Beam

34.0

Depth

14.3

Draft

12.10

Rated Horse Power

4200



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