Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers 12th Tug to Vane Brothers

SALISBURY, MD – July 20, 2016: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. of Salisbury, MD announced it has successfully delivered another ocean going tugboat to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. The boat, named Fort McHenry, marks the 12th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for the maritime transportation company. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has 5 additional tugboats under construction for Vane Brothers.

The Fort McHenry is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey. The tug measures 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

All Chesapeake Shipbuilding tugs are built in a controlled indoor environment prior to being moved and launched into Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has recently made significant upgrades to its facility to increase its production capacity and efficiency.

 

About Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds steel and aluminum commercial vessels primarily between 100 and 400 feet. The yard has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building two new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment. Chesapeake Shipbuilding launched on July 9, 2016 a 280’ passenger vessel for American Cruise Lines.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding is a leading designer and builder of commercial vessels in the United States. Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds both inland and ocean going vessels between 100 and 400 feet that operate worldwide. With over 35 years of experience and specialization in the design and construction of passenger vessels, tugboats, ferry boats, etc., Chesapeake Shipbuilding is positioned as the unrivaled expert in the field. Chesapeake Shipbuilding currently has 7 vessels under construction.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s construction yard is located on 14 acres of level land, with more than 2400 ft. of deepwater bulkhead, along the protected waters of Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has 2 outfitting basins, 3 level construction/side launch systems, plus a ground transfer system and 5 large hull fabrication buildings in addition to various shop buildings. With Maryland’s mild weather, a skilled workforce and a convenient location near the marine suppliers in Norfolk, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, they are usually able to deliver vessels in record time. For more information, visit www.chesapeakeshipbuilding.com.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers Cruise Ship America

March 6, 2016, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today that it has delivered the brand new cruise ship, America, to American Cruise Lines of Guilford, CT. The America is designed with luxury in mind and maintains Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s reputation as the premier builder of cruise ships in the United States. The Salisbury, MD yard has built each overnight cruise ship in the United States in recent years, including all new vessels for American Cruise Lines.

 

The America began its trip to New Orleans, LA immediately following delivery where it will operate 4 to 21 night cruises on the Mississippi River. The riverboat will routinely travel from New Orleans as far north as St. Paul, MN carrying 185 guests in the highest level comfort. The America meets the highest standards for comfort with glass enclosed lounges, the largest-in-class staterooms with private balconies, and a dining facility that enables all guests to dine together while enjoying the highest level of service.

 

The America is 296 feet in length overall and meets the most modern environmental and safety standards. It features two Caterpillar 3512 main engines with stern mounted z-drive units from ZF marine and three Caterpillar C18 generators producing a combined 1275kw

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding currently has two other overnight cruise ships under construction for American Cruise Lines. The destination for each ship has not been disclosed, but the line has announced that at least one will be intended for coastal/ocean service.

 

5th Hull Fabrication Building Completed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding

SALISBURY, MD – December 22, 2015 - Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. announced today that its 5th hull fabrication building is complete in Salisbury, MD.

 

The new building is 160 feet long by 70 feet wide and 70 feet high. The building will allow larger hull sections to be construction in an indoor environment at the yard. This building will be complete with advanced climate control and has been fitted with 2 overhead cranes and state-of-the-art equipment. It will be large enough to accommodate the construction complete tugboats or large hull sections in a controlled indoor environment. Currently under construction in this building is an aft module of Hull 119, a 275 ft. coastal cruise ship. The building represents Chesapeake’s continuing commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

 

About Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds steel and aluminum commercial vessels primarily between 100 and 400 feet. The yard has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building two new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding is a leading designer and builder of commercial vessels in the United States. Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds both inland and ocean going vessels between 100 and 400 feet that operate worldwide. With over 35 years of experience and specialization in the design and construction of passenger vessels, tugboats, ferry boats, etc., Chesapeake Shipbuilding is positioned as an unrivaled expert in the field. Chesapeake Shipbuilding currently has 8 vessels under construction.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s construction yard is located on 14 acres of level land, with more than 2400 ft. of deepwater bulkhead, along the protected waters of Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has 2 outfitting basins, 3 level construction/side launch systems, plus a ground transfer system and 5 large hull fabrication buildings in addition to various shop buildings. With Maryland’s mild weather, a skilled workforce and a convenient location near the marine suppliers in Norfolk, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, they are usually able to deliver custom vessels in record time. For more information, visit www.chesapeakeshipbuilding.com.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Brings on
New Director of Design and Engineering

SALISBURY, MD – December 12, 2015 - Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. announced today that Steven McGee, P.E. has joined the senior executive team as Director of Design and Engineering at Chesapeake Shipbuilding.

 

With more than 20 years of engineering and maritime experience, McGee will oversee vessel design from preliminary conceptual design to complete Coast Guard and regulatory approvals. Chesapeake Shipbuilding currently has on staff 5 naval architects and 2 engineers.

 

“McGee’s experience in various positions with the U.S. Coast Guard, including Hull Division Chief at the Marine Safety Center and former Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, is a valuable asset we look forward to having on our team,” said Charles A. Robertson, President and CEO. “His rock solid reputation in the maritime industry will be critical for the retention and expansion of our customer base.”

 

McGee holds a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a master’s of science in both naval architecture and marine engineering as well as aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding to Build 3 More Tugs for Vane Brothers

SALISBURY, MD – November 19, 2015: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. of Salisbury, MD announced today it has signed another contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD to build three more ocean going tugs. This new contract marks the 15, 16 and 17th tugboats built for Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding since 2008. Construction on the first new tug has already begun in one of Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings.

 

The design of these three new tugboats will be nearly identical to previous tugboats built for Vane Brothers. Each will be equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey. The tugs will measure 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

 

All Chesapeake Shipbuilding tugs are built in a controlled indoor environment prior to being moved and launched into Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has recently made significant upgrades to its facility to increase its production capacity and efficiency.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Launches Fort Schuyler Tug
for Vane Brothers

April 9, 2015, Salisbury, MD – Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD, announced today that it has successfully launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tug boat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted.

 

The new tugboat is nearly identical to the previous 10 tugboats built for Vane Brothers - equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic towing winch.

 

Each Chesapeake Shipbuilding tugboat is built in a controlled indoor environment, before being moved and launched into Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has recently made significant upgrades to its facility to increase its production capacity and efficiency, including two large hull fabrication buildings.

 

About Chesapeake Shipbuilding

 

With over thirty years of direct shipbuilding experience, Chesapeake Shipbuilding has become a leading designer and builder of a notable array of commercial ships up to 450 feet in length. Chesapeake Shipbuilding vessels operate all over the world and are suited in both inland and ocean service. Chesapeake Shipbuilding specializes in design and construction of passenger vessels, tugboats, ferry boats, etc.

 

The shipyard currently has five ocean-going tugs and two 305-foot cruise vessels under construction. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment. For more information, please visit www.chesapeakeshipbuilding.com.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers American Eagle

January 29, 2015, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today its successful delivery of the 150 overnight passenger cruise ship to American Cruise Lines. The American Eagle is the newest paddlewheeler in the world and the only cruise ship built in the United States in the last year. It will join the Queen of the Mississippi, also built by Chesapeake and delivered in 2012, on the Mississippi River.

 

The American Eagle was built to offer guests the finest way to experience the longest river system in North America. The vessel also features 21st century technology and first class amenities, oversized staterooms with sliding glass doors, private balconies, and multiple lounges.

 

Powering the new riverboat are three Caterpillar C-32 main engines with stern mounted z-drive units from ZF Marine. The American Eagle will be the fastest and most efficient riverboat on the Mississippi. It also has three Caterpillar C18 marine generators producing a combined 1,275kw.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has already begun construction on three other new overnight passenger ships for American Cruise Lines.

 

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding to Build 13th and 14th Tugs
for Vane Brothers

January 20, 2015, Salisbury, MD: – Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp has announced that yet another contract has been signed with the Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD to build two additional ocean going tugs. The new tugs will be the 13th and 14th tugs that Chesapeake Shipbuilding will have built for Vane Brothers in the last seven years. Construction will commence shortly.

 

Similar to other tugboats that Chesapeake has built for Vane Brothers, each new tug will be equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie. Comparable to former tugs, the new boat has comfortable accommodations for seven crew members and measures 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

 

Each Chesapeake Shipbuilding tug is built in a controlled indoor environment, before being moved and launched into Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has recently made significant upgrades to its facility to increase its production capacity and efficiency.

 

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers 9th Tug to Vane Brothers

June 27, 2014, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD delivered the 9th tug to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD today.

 

The new tugboat is nearly identical to the previous tugs built for Vane Brothers. It is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey. Similar to the previous tugs, the new boat has comfortable accommodations for seven crew members. The tug measures 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

 

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding to Build 11th and 12th Tugs for Vane Brothers

April 14, 2014, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp announced today that it has signed another contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD to build two new ocean-going tugs. The new contract represents the 11th and 12th tugs that Chesapeake Shipbuilding will have built for Vane Brothers in seven years. Construction will begin shortly.

 

The new tugboats will be nearly identical to the previous tugboats built for Vane Brothers. Each will be equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey. Similar to the previous tugs, the new boat will have comfortable accommodations for seven crew members. The tug will measure 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

 

Each Chesapeake Shipbuilding tug is built in a controlled indoor environment, before being moved and launched into Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has recently made significant upgrades to its facility to increase its production capacity and efficiency.

 

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers 8th Tug

December 13, 2013 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD delivered the 8th tug to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD today.

 

Similar to other tugboats that Chesapeake has built for Vane Brothers, the new tug is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie. Comparable to former tugs, the new boat has comfortable accommodations for seven crew members and measures 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth. It will be dedicated to 30,000 barrel tank barges.

 

Two More Tugs Ordered by Vane Brothers

May 15, 2013, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD announced that it recently signed a contract for two more ocean going tugboats with Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. These are the 9th and 10th tugs that Vane has ordered from Chesapeake in recent years. Construction on the first new tug has already begun in one of Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings.

 

The two vessels share the same layout and design, allowing for production efficiencies. Both new tugs will be similar to their predecessors, with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower. The tug will measure 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

 

Construction Started on New Riverboat

March 18, 2013, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp has announced today that it has started construction on another new cruise ship for American Cruise Lines of Guilford, CT. The new ship, currently known only as Hull 104, will be a riverboat similar to the recently built Queen of the Mississippi, also for American Cruise Lines.

 

The new ship will be 305 feet long and have a 150 passenger capacity with 84 oversized staterooms, private balconies, and numerous lounges. The new riverboat will have three Caterpillar main engines powering stern mounted Z-drive units.

 

About Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds steel commercial and industrial vessels between 90 and 400 feet. The yard has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment. For more information, visit www.chesapeakeshipbuilding.com.

 

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers 7th Vane Brothers Tug

February 27, 2013, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD delivered the 7th tug to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD today.

 

The new tugboat, designated Hull 105, is nearly identical to the previous six tugboats built for Vane Brothers. It is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey. Similar to the previous tugs, the new boat has comfortable accommodations for seven crew members. The tug measures 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

 

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Completes 350 feet of Bulkheading

February 18, 2013, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding recently completed 350 feet of deep water bulkhead on recently acquired property adjacent to its Salisbury, Maryland facility. The new pier will also be utilized as a new launch way capable of launching vessels up to 340 feet. The bulkhead was constructed by George & Lynch of Dover, Delaware, the same company which has previously built approximately 2,000 feet of bulkhead at the shipyard.

 

A new hull fabrication facility is also planned for the new land. The new building is currently in the permitting process and will be approximately 140 feet long by 70 feet wide and 70 feet high. The building will allow larger hull sections to be constructed in an indoor environment at the yard. In 2012, Chesapeake Shipbuilding designed and built the 280 foot Queen of the Mississippi which was built in two halves in different fabrication buildings, then assembled and side launched into the Wicomico River.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers Queen of the Mississippi

May 30, 2012, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today its successful delivery of the 150 overnight passenger cruise ship Queen of the Mississippi to American Cruise Lines.  The delivery comes 8 weeks ahead of schedule and 10 weeks before the scheduled first cruise on August 4, 2012. The Queen of the Mississippi is the first authentic paddlewheeler to be built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years.

 

The Queen of the Mississippi was built to set the standard for luxury river cruising by combining the latest technologies in safety and comfort with a historically accurate appearance. Two Z-drive units powered by Caterpillar engines supplement the hydraulic paddlwheel, making it faster and more maneuverable than other riverboats. The vessel also features hotel amenities for modern travelers, including oversized staterooms, private balconies, numerous lounges, in-room phones, wireless internet, and satellite TV.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has already begun construction on another new overnight passenger ship for American Cruise Lines.

 

About Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds steel commercial and industrial vessels between 90 and 300 feet. The yard has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment. For more information, visit www.chesapeakeshipbuilding.com.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Adds Another Tug To Its Order Book

January 9, 2012, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD announced today that it signed another new contract on December 29, 2011 with Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD to build an 8th ocean going tug. This is the second new tug that Vane has ordered from Chesapeake in the month of December. Chesapeake Shipbuilding now has three tugs under construction for Vane Brothers and a 260’ luxury cruise ship for American Cruise Lines of Guilford, CT.

 

Speaking on the relationship with Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Duff Hughes president of Vane Brothers, said “we have a rhythm and the fact that they have the construction process down to a T made it an easy decision. And we hope we will be building No. 8, 9 and 10 there."

 

Construction on the new tug began immediately in one of Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings. Two weeks earlier, the shipyard commenced construction on the 7th tug in an adjacent building. The two vessels share the same layout and design, allowing for production efficiencies.

 

The newest tug, designated Hull 106, will be equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower. The tug will measure 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding to Build 7th Tug for Vane Brothers

December 20, 2011, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp announced today that it has signed a contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD to build another new ocean going tug. The new contract represents the 7th tug that Chesapeake Shipbuilding will have built for Vane Brothers in just over five years. Construction has already begun.

 

The new tugboat, designated Hull 105, will be nearly identical to the previous six tugboats built for Vane Brothers. It will be equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines producing a combined 3,000 horsepower, and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey. Similar to the previous tugs, the new boat will have comfortable accommodations for seven crew members. The tug will measure 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

 

Each Chesapeake Shipbuilding tug is built in a controlled indoor environment, before being moved and launched into Maryland’s Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has recently made significant upgrades to its facility to increase its production capacity and efficiency.

 

Tugboat Oyster Creek Launched

 Photo courtesy of Jim Demske

 

September 20, 2010, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced that it launched the brand new tugboat Oyster Creek this past weekend. The Oyster Creek is the 5th of 6 tugboats that Chesapeake is building for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. The launching went perfectly and the tug will now go into its outfitting stages where it will be completed for an on time delivery. The day before the launching, the Oyster Creek was moved from its indoor fabrication facility to the launch ways.

 

Each of the 6 tugs are 94 feet long and have a 32 foot beam. They are equipped with a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey and twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines capable of producing a combined 3,000 horsepower.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding to Build Queen of the Mississippi

July 20, 2010, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp has announced today that a contract has been signed with American Cruise Lines of Guilford, CT to build a new vessel. The Queen of the Mississippi will be the first authentic paddlewheeler to be built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years.

 

Setting the standard for lavish river cruising, the 295 foot long Queen of the Mississippi will combine the latest technologies in safety and comfort while maintaining a historic appearance. The hydraulic paddlewheel will be supplemented by two Z-drive units powered by Caterpillar engines. Hotel amenities will include 78 oversized staterooms, exclusive balconies, multiple lounges, in-room phones, wireless internet, and satellite TV will be featured for modern travelers on the vessel.

 

About Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds steel commercial and industrial vessels between 90 and 400 feet. The yard has upgraded its production capacity significantly in recent years, by acquiring additional land, building new hull fabrication buildings and investing in additional automated equipment. For more information, visit www.chesapeakeshipbuilding.com.

 

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Receives Federal Grant

April 15, 2010, Salisbury, MD: The USDOT Maritime Administration has awarded Chesapeake Shipbuilding a $519,098.00 grant. Chesapeake will use the grant money to improve its two new hull fabrication buildings. The improvements will further increase the yard’s productivity and efficiency. Included in the grant allotment is the installation of air and gas distribution systems, heaters, and large doors for the buildings. The new equipment will make it possible for multiple to shifts to work more efficiently and without interruption. The buildings are large enough to facilitate the construction of complete tugboats or hull sections of cruise ships.

 

Tugboat Launched

March 19, 2010, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today that it launched the brand new tugboat, Quantico Creek, yesterday. The Quantico Creek is the 4th of 6 tugboats that Chesapeake is building for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. The launching went perfectly and the tug will now go into its outfitting stages where it will be completed for an on time delivery. The day before the launching, the Quantico Creek was moved from its indoor fabrication facility to the launch ways. Due to the favorable indoor climate, more work was completed before the move and launch than on any vessel previously built by Chesapeake.

 

The launching comes just a few weeks after the Charles Burton, the 3rd of 6 tugs that Chesapeake is building for Vane Brothers, was delivered. All 6 tugs are 94 feet long and 32 feet wide. They are equipped with a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey and twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines capable of producing a combined 3,000 horsepower.

 

New Cruise Ship's First Underway Trial a Success

 

December 15, 2009, Salisbury, MD: The brand new American Cruise Lines ship, Independence, being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding, was taken on its first underway trials yesterday. This important milestone trial occurred 3 months ahead of schedule. Maneuvering and equipment tests were performed successfully while the ship was underway in the Wicomico River. The ship handled very well and all systems passed with flying colors.

 

American Cruise Lines will run the Independence on 7-14 night cruises beginning on June 12, 2010 with 102 passengers on the East Coast. The ship has a number of important differences from other ships that Chesapeake has built for American Cruise Lines, including a wider beam and active wing stabilizers. The wider beam will allow for larger staterooms, public spaces, and private balconies.

 

The Independence is equipped with twin Caterpillar C-32 main engines putting out nearly 1,500 horsepower each, and bow and stern thrusters from Thrustmaster of Texas. The ship also has three 250kw Caterpillar C-9 generators, a 100kw Cummins generator and Rolls Royce Aquarius 50 active wing stabilizers.

 

Shipyard Expansion to Create 125 Jobs

November 16, 2009, Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today that it has signed a contract to acquire approximately 3 acres of property adjacent to the shipyard. This would enable the yard to expand significantly and create as many as 125 new jobs. At present, the land that Chesapeake Shipbuilding plans to acquire is an empty lot with a derelict bulkhead on the Wicomico River. Chesapeake Shipbuilding is in the process of acquiring the approvals from local and federal authorities necessary to complete the project.

 

New Prefabrication Shop Complete

 

November 5, 2009 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD announced today that its third new building is complete. The new 7,000 square foot prefabrication shop is a significant upgrade from the older building that it is replacing. The new climate controlled building has been fitted with overhead cranes and state-of-the-art equipment. It will be large enough to accommodate the construction of hull sections in a controlled indoor environment. The building represents Chesapeake’s commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

 

Plating Started On Fifth Vane Brothers Tug

October 16, 2009 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today that plating has begun on the fifth tug for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. The 3,000 hp tug is 94-feet and will be powered by two Caterpillar 3512 engines with 6:1 reverse reduction gears to conventional shafts. This is the fifth tug in the contract for six.

 

Cruise Ship Independence Two Months Ahead of Schedule

 

October 9, 2009 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today that the new cruise ship it is building for American Cruise Lines is on budget and two months ahead of schedule. The vessel is currently in its outfitting stages. Most of the piping and electrical systems have already been installed. The Independence is due for delivery in June of 2010.

 

The Independence is a new 223 foot cruise ship for American Cruise Lines. It was designed by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in-house, and is 5 feet wider than any previous ship that has been built for American Cruise Lines. This was done to facilitate larger staterooms and private balconies. The Independence has been equipped with active wing stabilizers designed and built by Rolls Royce in Scotland. It has Caterpillar C32s rated at 1400 BHP, which will allow the ship to cruise at 13 knots.

 

Tug Charles Burton in Outfitting

 

October 4, 2009 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding announced today that the tug Charles Burton entered its final stages of outfitting. All of the steelwork has been completed on the vessel, and the electrical, piping, and joiner systems are nearing completion. Earlier in the week the upper pilot house was lifted on. The tug is scheduled for an on time delivery in December of this year.

 

The Charles Burton is the third tug in a contract for six with Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. It is 94 feet long and 32 feet wide. It is equipped with a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey and twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines capable of producing a combined 3,000 horsepower. Its two sister ships, Elk River and Sassafras, have already been delivered to Vane Brothers and are now dedicated to 30,000 barrel barges.

 

Tug Charles Burton Launched

August 6, 2009 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD launched the tug Charles Burton today. It is the third tug in a line of six for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. Yesterday, the Charles Burton was moved from its fabrication facility to the launch ways. It was built in a controlled indoor environment, then rolled out and positioned for launch. A video of the launching and roll out can be found on our website by clicking here.

 

The Charles Burton will join the growing Vane Brothers fleet, hauling tank barges on near coastal routes.  It is 94 feet long and 32 feet wide. It is equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines capable of producing a combined 3,000 horsepower and a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey. It is a sister ship to the Elk River and the Sassafras, two other tugs that Chesapeake has already delivered to Vane Brothers. Their newest ship, the Elk River was just completed last month on time and on budget.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs and builds steel commercial and industrial vessels between 90 and 300 feet. The yard has upgraded its facilities immensely in recent years to expand its production capacity. It has two new hull fabrication buildings, a 150 ton crane capacity, and three launch ways. They have also just signed contracts to build a new prefabrication building, which will further increase the yard’s production speed and efficiency.

 

Plans for New Building Solidified

August 5, 2009 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD signed contracts to build a new prefabrication shop today. This will be the third new building that Chesapeake has built in the last two years. The new building will be equipped with over head cranes and the latest automated equipment. It will be large enough to accommodate the construction of hull sections for cruise ships and tugboat. It shows Chesapeake’s continued investment in growth and its commitment to bring new work into the yard.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers 2nd of 6 Tugs

 

July 20, 2009 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD delivered the 2nd of 6 tugboats to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD today. Elk River will join Sassafras, the 1st tug that Chesapeake built for Vane Brothers, in hauling 30,000 barrel tank barges on near coastal routes. Construction is already well underway on the remaining 4 tugs, each of which will be delivered over the next year and a half.

 

Elk River produces 3,000 horsepower with twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines through 6:1 reverse reduction gears to conventional shafts. It is equipped with a single drum hydraulic winch from JonRie of New Jersey and has accommodations for seven crew members. Elk River is 94’ long with a 32’ beam, and a 13’ depth.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding built Elk River in a controlled indoor environment, in one of their new hull fabrication buildings. The tug was then rolled out to the launch way where it was side launched into the Wicomico River. Chesapeake has upgraded its facility greatly in recent years to increase its production capacity and efficiency.

 

Tug Sassafras Delivered to Vane Brothers

 

November 12, 2008 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding delivered the tug Sassafras to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Maryland today. The tug is the first of six that Vane Brothers has contracted Chesapeake Shipbuilding to build. Sassafras will be dedicated to 30,000 barrel tank barges on near-coastal routes. Construction of the second, third, and fourth tugs for Vane Brothers is underway at Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s Salisbury facility.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has been in Salisbury, MD for 27 years and has built many commercial vessels between 80 and 250 feet at their facility during that time. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has designed and built small luxury cruise ships, tugs, car ferries, restaurant vessels, and larger passenger vessels. Chesapeake Shipbuilding is located on 13 acres with over 2,000 feet of deepwater bulkhead, including 2 outfitting basins 275 feet by 66 feet and the other 210 feet by 56 feet. The yard side launches into the Wicomico River from 3 launch ways.

 

223 Foot Cruise Ship Launched

November 8, 2008 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD launched its brand new 223 foot cruise ship for American Cruise Lines today. The Independence will be added to the American Cruise Lines fleet of small cruise ships. It was designed by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in-house, and is 5 feet wider than any previous ship that has been built for American Cruise Lines. This was done to facilitate larger staterooms and private balconies. The Independence has been equipped with active wing stabilizers designed and built by Rolls Royce in Scotland. It has Caterpillar C32s rated at 1400 BHP, which will allow the ship to cruise at 13 knots.

 

Vane Brothers Exercises Options for Fifth and Sixth Tugs

November 1, 2008 Salisbury, MD: Officials of Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp. announced today that Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Maryland has exercised options to build 2 more 3,000 hp, 94-foot ocean tugs. These are the fifth and sixth tugs that Vane Brothers has contracted Chesapeake Shipbuilding to build. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has greatly expanded its production capacity in recent years with two new hull fabrication buildings.

 

Car Ferry Tina Fallon Delivered to State of Delaware

October 16, 2008 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding delivered a brand new car ferry to the State of Delaware today. The “Woodland ferry” will operate on the Nanticoke River from Seaford, DE. It has double the capacity of an older ferry that it replaced. It is the third vehicle ferry that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has designed and built.

 

State of Delaware Car Ferry Launched

August 7, 2008 Salisbury, MD: The brand new “Woodland” car ferry for the State of Delaware was launched today. The ferry is scheduled for an on time delivery in October of this year. It is the third vehicle ferry that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has designed and built at its Salisbury facility.

 

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Launches Tug Sassafras

March 15, 2008 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding launched the tug Sassafras this weekend, the first one of four 94-foot, 3,000hp tugs that the shipyard is building for Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD. The side launching was called “perfect.” Vane Brothers recently exercised options to build 2 more tugs at the Salisbury, MD shipyard. Two Caterpillar 3512 engines will power the tugs with 6:1 reverse reduction gears to conventional twin shafts. These new tugs have upper and lower pilot houses.

 

Construction Started on Third Vane Brothers Tug

 

March 6, 2008 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp. announced today that it has started construction on the third tug designed for Vane Brothers. The yard has begun prefabricating sections of the tug, which are set to be erected in the second of two new hull fabrication buildings at the Salisbury yard. The buildings dramatically increase the production capability and technology of the shipyard. The 94-foot, 3,000 hp tug will be powered by two Caterpillar 3512 engines with 6:1 reverse reduction gears to conventional twin shafts. For more information contact Chesapeake Shipbuilding at 1-800-748-2979.

 

Second New Hull Fabrication Building Completed

 

March 3, 2008 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp. announced today that the second of its new Hull Fabrication Buildings has been completed. The building is 59-feet high and has 2 overhead cranes, allowing for the fabrication of complete tugs in a controlled indoor environment with the most modern production equipment. This new fabrication building is equipped with automatic welding equipment, compressed air system, etc.  A rail system allows vessels to be moved out of the building to the launching ways. Construction is expected to begin on a 95-foot 3,200 hp tug in that building. For more information contact Chesapeake Shipbuilding at 1-800-748-2979.

 

Keel Laid on Second Vane Brothers Tug

 

January 7, 2008 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp. announced today that the keel of a second tug designed for Vane Brothers was laid today. The 3,000 hp tug is 94-feet. It will be powered by two Caterpillar 3512 engines with 6:1 reverse reduction gears to conventional twin shafts. The keel was laid in the first of two new fabrication buildings that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has recently installed to increase its production capabilities. The building allows complete tugs to be constructed in a controlled environment. For more information contact Chesapeake Shipbuilding at 1-800-748-2979.

 

Vane Brothers Exercise Options for Third and FourthTugs

November 28, 2007 Salisbury, MD: Officials of Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp. announced today that Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Maryland has exercised options to build 2 more 3,000 hp, 94-foot ocean tugs. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has significantly upgraded its facility in recent years to increase its manufacturing capability. It has added an additional launch way, an additional 350’ of bulk heading, and 2 new Hull Fabrication buildings with 4 overhead cranes. For more information contact Chesapeake Shipbuilding at 1-800-748-2979.

 

First New Hull Fabrication Building Completed

 

November 5, 2007 Salisbury, MD: Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp. announced today that the first of two new Hull Fabrication Buildings was completed and that construction has started on a 94-foot 3,000 hp tug in that building. The building is 59-feet high and has 2 overhead cranes, allowing for the fabrication of complete tugs in a controlled indoor environment with the most modern production equipment. This new fabrication building is equipped with automatic welding equipment, compressed air system, etc.  A rail system allows vessels to be moved out of the building to the launching ways.  A second identical Hull Fabrication building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in March 2008.  For more information contact Chesapeake Shipbuilding at 1-800-748-2979.

 

223 ft Cruise Ship Ordered From Chesapeake Shipbuilding

October 17, 2007 Salisbury, MD: Officials of Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp. have announced they have signed a contract to build a 223’ luxury overnight cruise ship to be delivered in 2009. The new ship, designed by Chesapeake Shipbuilding has a beam of 50-feet: 5-feet more than previous Chesapeake Shipbuilding designs for small cruises ships, which allows for larger private balconies and staterooms. This ship will also be the first one equipped with active wing stabilizers, manufactured by Rolls Royce in Scotland. The new ship will also be equipped with a 250 hp stern thruster as well as a 350 hp bow thruster. It will have 58 passenger staterooms to accommodate up to 104 passengers on cruises between 6 and 21 days in length.  For more information contact Chesapeake Shipbuilding at 1-800-748-2979.

 

Chesapeake Signs Contract for 2 Tugs

March 23, 2007 Salisbury, MD: Officials of Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp today announced that they have signed a tug contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore Maryland to build two 3,000 hp 94-foot coastwise tugs. These new tugs will be powered by two Caterpillar 3512 engines with 6:1 reverse reduction gears to conventional twin shafts. Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Corp has been in Salisbury, MD. for 26 years and has built 35 commercial vessels between 80 and 250 feet at the facility during that time. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has designed and built, small luxury cruise ships, car ferries, restaurant vessels, tugs and larger passenger vessels. Chesapeake Shipbuilding is located on 13 acres with over 2,000 feet of deepwater bulkhead including 2 outfitting basins 275' by 66' and the other 210' by 56'. The yard side launches into the Wicomico River from 3 launch ways. For more information contact Chesapeake Shipbuilding at 1-800-748-2979.

 

State of Delaware Car Ferry Order from Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Jan. 5, 2007 Salisbury, MD: Officials of Chesapeake Shipbuilding today announced they have received the order to build the new "Woodland" ferry for the State of Delaware. The ferry was also designed by Chesapeake Shipbuilding and is the 3rd car ferry Chesapeake Shipbuilding has designed and built. Construction started immediately.

 

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