Cummins Hotips#829 February, 2018

The Assateague along side at the builder, Conrad Industries in Orange, Texas. Her JAK 700 coupler is visible forward.

Vane Brothers Company has undergone spectacular growth over the past three decades. The firm continues to expand its fleet with new construction. This February the marine transportation company took delivery of the first of three new ATB tugs from the Conrad Orange Shipyard in Orange, Texas. The first boat is the Assateague, named for a barrier island located in Maryland and Virginia. The other two boats will be the Chincoteague, named for a barrier island on the coast of Virginia, and Wachapreague, named for a Virginian coastal town.

The Assateague’s impressive wheelhouse.

Designed by Greg Castleman of Castleman Marine, based in Channelview, Texas, each 110-foot by 38-foot tug is being mated to an 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.

One of the Assateague’s two 2200 horsepower each Cummins QSK60-M, with the Reintjes WAF 873 reduction gear.

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

The Assateague with her 80,000-barrel, 405 by 74-foot, barge Double Skin 801.

A pair of Cummins QSK60M, Tier 3 engines, each rated at 2,200 HP are providing propulsion power. They are coupled to Reintjes WAF 873 gears with 7.087:1 reduction and turn 102-inch 4-blade bronze propellers mounted on 9.5-inch shafts. Two Cummins QSB7-DM-powered 125 kW generators provide electrical power for each vessel with a Cummins powered 60 kW emergency generator.

The tugs will have accommodation for up to ten crew members. The Cummins-powered boats will be classed ABS-A1 TUG, AMS, ABCU.

Photos courtesy of Vane Bros

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, Cummins East

Cummins Sales and Service

1907 Park 100 Drive

Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Phone: 410 762 1419

Cell: 443 690 2986


Alan Haig-Brown
A. Haig-Brown & Assoc. Ltd.
Bangkok office
Phone: + 66(0)2 651 9633
Mobile: + 66(0)85 347 6206
skype name: alanhaig-brown

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