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Vane Brothers bolsters tug fleet

Thu 20 Apr 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

Vane Brothers bolsters tug fleet
Philadelphia is an Elizabeth Anne-class tugboat with two Caterpillar engines

Vane Brothers Co has taken delivery of another high-performance tugboat from St Johns Ship Building in Florida, USA. Philadelphia, a 4,200hp tug entered service around the port of the city of Philadelphia following successful sea trials.

The tug was designed for inland waterway and near-coast operations in the USA. It is the fifth in a series of eight Elizabeth Anne-class tugboats. The fourth in the series, Delaware, was delivered at the end of last year and is working out of the port of Philadelphia.

The Elizabeth Anne-class tugs were designed by Entech Designs and are powered by two Caterpillar 3516 Tier 3 engines, each generating 2,100hp at 1,600 rpm. The tugs of this class delivered so far are primarily engaged in towing petroleum barges in the North Atlantic coastal trade. Vane Brothers operates a fleet of around 50 tugboats and 80 barges.

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