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ELK RIVER
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2009, by the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation of Salisbury, Maryland (hull #92) as the Elk River for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

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

Named for the Elk River, which is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The river is 15 miles long, and as the most northeastern extension of the Chesapeake Bay estuary, it serves as one entrance to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

The canal and river now serve as one boundary of the Elk Neck Peninsula. The river flows through Cecil County, Maryland, with its watershed extending into New Castle County, Delaware and Chester County, Pennsylvania. Elkton, the county seat of Cecil County, is located at its head. It is south and east of the North East River, and north of the Sassafras River.

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

Her electrical service is provided by two, 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: ELK RIVER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1211816
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9564047
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE9599
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 92
  • Ship Builder: CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP
  • Year Built: 2009
  • Length: 90.2
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 13.5
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 97
  • Net Tonnage: 70
  • Owner:
    BANC OF AMERICA LEASING & CAPITAL LLC
    2059 NORTHLAKE PARKWAY
    TUCKER, GA 30084
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC