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SUSQUEHANNA
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2007, by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders of Houma, Louisiana (hull #132) as the Susquehanna for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

She was the ninth Patapsco class tug designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana. And constructed by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders for the Vane Brothers Company.

Named for the Susquehanna River, which is a river located in the northeastern United States. At 464 miles long, it is the longest river on the American east coast that drains into the Atlantic Ocean. Also, it is the longest river in the continental United States without commercial boat traffic.

The Susquehanna flows through New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland into the Chesapeake Bay. It forms from two main branches, with the "North Branch", which rises in upstate New York. The river drains 27,500 square miles. Including nearly half of the land area of Pennsylvania. The drainage basin includes portions of the Allegheny Plateau region of the Appalachian Mountains, cutting through a succession of water gaps in a broad zigzag course to flow across the rural heartland of southeastern Pennsylvania and northeastern Maryland in the lateral parallel array of mountain ridges. The river empties into the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. Providing half of the Bay's freshwater inflow.

Powered by two, Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF-872 reduction gears. Turning two, 97(in), fixed pitch, propellers. Mounted in CNF, Type 37, kort nozzles. For a rated 4,200 horsepower.

The tug's electrical service is provided by two, 72kW, Caterpillar 3054T generator sets. Her capacities are 89,910 gallons of fuel oil, and 8,816 of potable water.

Her towing gear consists of an INTERcon, double drum, towing winch. Driven by a dedicated John Deere diesel engine.


  • Vessel Name: SUSQUEHANNA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1205381
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9485112
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD9976
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 132
  • Ship Builder: THOMA-SEA BOAT BUILDERS INC
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Length: 94.8
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 14.3
  • Hull Breadth: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 98
  • Net Tonnage: 67
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    4925 FORT MIFFLIN ROAD
    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19153
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    THOMA-SEA BOAT BUILDERS INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC