[JUNE 1, 2022]


Demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to safety, Vane Brothers has announced that 100 percent of its tugboats have earned a valid Certificate of Inspection (COI) as part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Subchapter M program.

Subchapter M refers to federally regulated safety standards for “inspected towing vessels.” All applicable vessels are required to earn a valid COI by July.

According to Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes, “Vane Brothers appreciates the importance of safety to the company, our crews, and our customers. Our goal is zero spills and zero incidents, and we have the tremendous personnel and equipment to help us achieve that high standard.”

The tug Long Island, which was inspected by Coast Guard personnel outside Vane Brothers’ Baltimore headquarters on May 26, became the last of Vane’s 49 towing vessels to become certified. In April 2018, the Vane Brothers articulated tug/barge (AT/B) tug Brandywine was the first Vane vessel to receive its COI. At that time, Vane was recognized as the first American Waterways Operators (AWO) member company to earn a COI.

“Vane Brothers has long made safety training a priority,” says Captain Rick Iuliucci, Vane Brothers Vice President, Operations.” Our vessel crews and other personnel are constantly making ready for multiple inspections, audits and vettings throughout the year as part of normal business practices. The expertise of our mariners and shore-side staff positioned us well for meeting and exceeding federal Subchapter M goals.”

PHOTO CAPTION: From left to right, Vane Brothers Captain Dustin Dise, Vane Vessel Supervisor Charles Hughes, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Inspector CWO Jeff Brown, and Civilian Marine Inspector and TPO Coordinator Nate Crum stand alongside the Vane Brothers tug Long Island, the final Vane vessel to receive a valid Certificate of Inspection.

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



 About Vane BrothersFounded in 1898, Vane Brothers is a Jones Act marine transportation provider operating along the U.S. East, West and Gulf coasts, in the Caribbean, and in the Great Lakes region. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, the company provides a wide range of functions including bunkering, launch services, and safety equipment inspection. Operating nearly 50 tugboats and 80 barges, Vane Brothers sets the standard of excellence in the maritime industry with up-to-date equipment, well-trained crews and a commitment to safety.