Under Construction, to be completed in 2017. By Conrad Industries of Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #490) as the Assateague for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.
Designed by Greg Castleman of Castleman Maritime of Clear Lake Shores, Texas. She will the third Articulated Tug and Barge for the Vane Brothers Company. And, the first to be designed by Castleman Maritime, and constructed by Conrad Industries.
Named for Assateague Island, which is a 37 mile long barrier island located off the eastern coast of Delmarva peninsula. The northern two thirds of the island is in Maryland, while the southern third is in Virginia. The Maryland section contains the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. The Virginia section contains Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and a small part of the national seashore.
She will be powered by two, Tier III compliant, Cummins QSK-60M diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF 873 reduction gears, at a ratio of 7.087:1. Turning two, 102(in), four bladed, fixed pitch, bronze propellers. For a rated 4,400 horsepower.
The electrical service will be provided by two 125kW Cummins generator sets. With a third 60 kW emergency generator.
She will be outfitted with a Beacon-Finland JAK 700 coupler system. The tug will be "married" with an 80,000(bbl), 405(ft), by 74(ft), double hulled barge, the Double Skin 801. That will be constructed simultaneously at Conrad Industries of Morgan City, Louisiana.