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HUNTING CREEK
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2011, by the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation of Salisbury, Maryland (hull #96) as the Hunting Creek for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

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

Named for Hunting Creek, which is a cove and tributary stream of the Potomac River between the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County in Virginia. It is formed by the confluence of Cameron Run and Hooff Run. The community of Huntington takes its name from the creek. Jones Point forms the north side. Dyke Marsh is just to the south. The George Washington Memorial Parkway crosses it on a bridge.

The creek is sometimes referred to as Great Hunting Creek, to distinguish it from Little Hunting Creek.

Powered by two, Tier II compliant, 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: HUNTING CREEK
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1231646
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9569475
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDF9526
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 96
  • Ship Builder: CHESAPEAKE SHIPBUILDING CORP
  • Year Built: 2011
  • 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 FRANK FURST AVE
    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