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Feb 21, 2018

Conrad Shipyard delivers first of three Vane Brothers ATB tugs

Baltimore, MD, headquartered Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of the first of three new ATB tugs from Conrad Shipyard's Orange, TX, shipyard.

The first tug is the Assateague, the other two boats will be the Chincoteague and the Wachapreague.

Designed by Greg Castleman of Castleman Maritime, LLC, League City, TX, each 110-foot by 38-foot tug is being mated to an 80,000-barrel barge being built by Conrad Shipyard's, Amelia, LA. These barges measure 405 feet by 74 feet.

Each ATB unit utilizes a Beacon Finland JAK 700 tug/barge coupling system.

Crew access to the barges is facilitated by a Schoellhorn-Albrecht custom gangway. Coastal Marine Equipment, Gulfport, MS, is supplying deck capstans on the tugs.

Propulsion power is provided by a pair of Cummins QSK60M, Tier 3 engines, each rated at 2,200 HP, and coupled to Reintjes WAF 873 gears with 7.087:1 reduction turning 102-inch 4-bladed bronze propellers mounted on 9.5-inch shafts.

The Reintjes gears are being supplied by Karl Senner, LLC, Kenner, LA.

Each vessel has two Cummins QSB7-DM-powered 125 kW generators provide electrical power and a Cummins powered 60 kW emergency generator.

The tugs have accommodations for up to ten crew members.

They will be classed ABS-A1 TUG, AMS, ABCU.