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PATUXENT
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2008, by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders of Houma, Louisiana (hull #138) as the Patuxent for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

She was the fourteenth Patapsco class tug designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana. And constructed by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders for the Vane Brothers Company.

Named for the Patuxent River, which is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland.

There are three main river drainages for central Maryland: the Potomac River to the west passing through Washington D.C. The Patapsco River to the northeast passing through Baltimore, and the Patuxent River between the two.

Powered by two, Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF-872 reduction gears. Turning two, 97(in), fixed pitch, propellers. Mounted in CNF, Type 37, kort nozzles. For a rated 4,200 horsepower.

The tug's electrical service is provided by two, 72kW, Caterpillar 3054T generator sets. Her capacities are 89,910 gallons of fuel oil, and 8,816 of potable water.

Her towing gear consists of an INTERcon, double drum, towing winch. Driven by a dedicated John Deere diesel engine.


  • Vessel Name: PATUXENT
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1212430
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9544229
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE5805
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 138
  • Ship Builder: THOMA-SEA BOAT BUILDERS INC
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Length: 95.8
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 14.3
  • Hull Breadth: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 99
  • Net Tonnage: 67
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    2100 FRANK FURST AVE
    BALTIMORE, MD 21226
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC