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PHILADELPHIA
Photo by: Captain James A. Demske

Built in 2017, by St. Johns Shipbuilding of Palatka, Florida (hull #62) as the Philadelphia for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

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

Named for the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Where the Vane Brothers Company maintains a fleet, and port of operation.

Powered by two, Tier III compliant, Caterpillar 3516C, diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF 873 reverse, reduction gears. At a ratio of 7:1, turning two, 104(in), Troost style, fixed pitch propellers. For a rated 4,200 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, Tier III compliant, 99kW, John Deere 4045AFM85 generator sets. The tug's capacities are 85,972 gallons of fuel, 495 gallons of hydraulic oil, 1,324 gallons of lube oil, and 8,816 gallons of potable water.

The towing equipment consists of an INTERcon, double-drum, towing winch. Driven by a dedicated, John Deere diesel engine.


  • Vessel Name: PHILADELPHIA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1274387
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9819428
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDJ3655
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 62
  • Ship Builder: ST. JOHNS SHIPBUILDING INC.
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Length: 94.8
  • Hailing Port: BALTIMORE, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 14.3
  • Hull Breadth: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 99
  • Net Tonnage: 67
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    4925 FORT MIFFLIN ROAD
    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19153
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC