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CHATHAM
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1979, by the Eymard and Sons Shipyard of Harvey, Louisiana as the Chatham for the Chatham Towing Company of Savannah, Georgia.

In 2002, the Chatham Towing Company merged with the Colonial Towing Company of Savannah, Georgia. To form the Chatham-Colonial Towing Company of Savannah, Georgia. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2013, the Chatham-Colonial Towing Company was acquired by the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2015, the Vane Brothers Company outfitted the tug with an upper wheelhouse. For increased visibility over "light" barges.

She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat, rated at 1,500 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: CHATHAM
  • USCG Doc. No.: 603066
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8971530
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WSX9217
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: Eymard & Sons Shipyard
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Length: 55.4
  • Hailing Port: SAVANNAH, GA.
  • Hull Depth: 8.3
  • Hull Breadth: 22
  • Gross Tonnage: 102
  • Net Tonnage: 69
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    4925 FORT MIFFLIN ROAD
    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19153
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    CHATHAM TOWING COMPANY INC, CHATHAM TOWING COMPANY INC, Chatham-Colonial Towing Co. Inc.