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FELLS POINT
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2014, by the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation of Salisbury, Maryland (hull #115) as the Fells Point for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

Designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana. She was the ninth Sassafras class tug constructed for the Vane Brothers Company.

Named for Fells Point in Baltimore, Maryland. Fells Point is a historic waterfront neighborhood in the southeastern area of the city along the north shore of the Baltimore Harbor and the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River.

A small peninsula southwestward between the streams of Jones Falls to the west and Harris Creek to the east which is now under the community of Canton. And, further east to Colgate Creek which is surrounded by the Dundalk and Sea Girt Marine Terminals.

Powered by two, Tier III complaint, Caterpillar 3512 diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG 6500 reduction gears, at a ratio of 6.04:1. Turning two, Rolls Royce, Troost, 87(in), four bladed, fixed pitch, propellers. For a rated 3,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, Tier III complaint, 99kW, John Deere generator sets. The tug's capacities are 65,575 gallons of fuel, 2,068 gallons of lube oil, and 2,890 gallons of water.

The towing gear consists of a single drum, JonRie InterTech towing winch. Driven by a single, John Deere 4045 diesel engine. With an electric, JonRie InterTech, deck capstan mounted on her stern.


  • Vessel Name: FELLS POINT
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1250460
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9704427
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDH5561
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 115
  • Ship Builder: CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Length: 90.2
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 13.5
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 99
  • Net Tonnage: 72
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    2100 FRANKFURST AVENUE
    BALTIMORE, MD 21226
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC