Cummins Hotips#796,   September 2016

An outboard profile for the three Cummins-powered ATB building for Vane Bros.

An outboard profile for the three Cummins-powered ATB building for Vane Bros.

The bold blue “V” logo emblazoned on the green-banded white stack continues to proliferate on American waterways. Vane Brothers Company has been expanding its fleet with new construction. Recently the marine transportation company announced a contract for three ATB tugs to be built at the Conrad Orange Shipyard in Orange, Texas.

Designed by Greg Castleman of Castleman Maritime, LLC, based in Clear Lake Shores, Texas, the 110-foot by 38-foot tugs will be mated to 80,000-barrel barges designed by Bristol Harbor Group and being built by Conrad Industries of Amelia, Louisiana. These barges measure 405 feet by 74 feet.

Each ATB unit will utilize a Beacon-Finland JAK 700 tug/barge coupling system. Crew access to the barges will be facilitated by a Schoelhorn-Albrecht custom gangway. Coastal Marine Equipment of Gulfport MS will supply deck capstans on the tugs.

A pair of Cummins QSK-60M, Tier 3 engines, each rated at 2,200 HP was recently delivered to the yard to be installed in the first tug. They are being coupled to Reintjes WAF 873 gears with 7.087:1 reduction and will turn 102-inch 4-blade bronze propellers mounted on 9.5-inch shafts. Two Cummins-powered 125 kW generators will provide electrical power for each vessel with a Cummins powered 60 kW emergency generator.

The tugs will have accommodation for up to ten crewmembers. The Cummins-powered boats will be classed ABS-A1 TUG, AMS, ABCU. Delivery of the first tug, to be named Assateague, is scheduled for August 2017.

Profile drawing courtesy of Vane Brothers Company

For further information:


Blaise Willig

Communications Manager

Vane Brothers Company

2100 Frankfurst Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21226

Phone: 410-735-8140



Conrad Orange Shipyard

710 Market St.

Orange, TX 77630

Phone: 409-883-6666


Richard Sutton

Marine Territory Manager, Atlantic Waterways

Cummins Sales and Service

1907 Park 100 Drive

Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Phone: 410 762 1419

Cell: 443 690 2986



Reuben Trane

Marketing Director

Castleman Maritime, LLC

Phone: 786 303 1013



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