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ASSATEAGUE
Photo by: Captain James A. Demske

Built in 2018, by Conrad Industries of Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #490) as the Assateague for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

Designed by Greg Castleman of Castleman Maritime of Clear Lake Shores, Texas. She is the third Articulated Tug and Barge for the Vane Brothers Company. And, the first to be designed by Castleman Maritime, and constructed by Conrad Industries for the company.

Named for Assateague Island, which is a 37 mile long barrier island located off the eastern coast of Delmarva peninsula.

The northern two thirds of the island is in Maryland, while the southern third is in Virginia. The Maryland section contains the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. The Virginia section contains Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and a small part of the national seashore.

Powered by two, Tier III compliant, Cummins QSK-60M diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF 873 reduction gears, at a ratio of 7.087:1. Turning two, Hung Shen, 102(in) by 79(in), four bladed, fixed pitch, bronze propellers. For a rated 4,400 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 125kW Cummins generator sets. Driven by two, Cummins QSB7-DM Diesel engines. With a third 65kW emergency generator, driven by a Cummins QSB7-DM diesel engine. The tug's capacities are 110,000 gallons of fuel, 4,000 gallons of lube oil, and 10,000 gallons of potable water.

Outfitted with a Beacon-Finland JAK 700 coupler system. The tug's towing equipment consists of one 40 horsepower, Coastal Marine Equipment C-83 capstan, mounted on the bow. And one, 20 horsepower, Coastal Marine Equipment C-83 capstan mounted on the stern. With a 2,500 pound Thern deck crane mounted aft

The tug is "married" with an 80,000(bbl), 405(ft), by 74(ft), by 32(ft), double hulled barge, the Double Skin 801. The barge was constructed simultaneously at Conrad Industries of Morgan City, Louisiana for the Vane Brothers Company. The barge is also outfitted with a 500 horsepower, OmniThruster HT600 bow thruster.


  • Vessel Name: ASSATEAGUE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1266772
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9816892
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDJ8905
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 490
  • Ship Builder: CONRAD SHIPYARD LLC
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Length: 110
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 14
  • Hull Breadth: 38
  • Gross Tonnage: 476
  • Net Tonnage: 380
  • Owner:
    FIFTH THIRD EQUIPMENT FINANCE COMPANY
    38 FOUNTAIN SQUARE PLAZA MD10904A
    CINCINNATI, OH 45263
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC