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Built in 1970, by Bludworth Shipyard of Corpus Christi, Texas (hull #71) as the Mister Richard for the Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas.

The Jackson Marine was owned by the Halliburton Corporation of Houston, Texas. The company owned a total of ninety vessels. Consisting mainly of offshore tugs, and supply vessels. With some chemical transport and some well stimulation vessels.

The Jackson Marine Corporation later merged with Zapata Gulf Marine of Houston, Texas. And Gulf Fleet Marine of Houston, Texas. The company became the largest shipping company in the world with a total of four hundred fifteen vessels. Tidewater Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana at that time had about two hundred seventy five vessels.

In the fall of 1986, Seahorse Marine of Lockport, Louisiana merged into Zapata Gulf Marine. Adding an additional ninety vessels to the fleet.

Seahorse Marine had been founded by the Arthur Levey family. As the Arthur Levey Boat Company after World War II. The company was later acquired by Petrolane Natural Gas of Belding, Mississippi. Where the company was renamed Seahorse Marine. In 1985, Petrolane was acquired by Texas Eastern of Houston, Texas. Which was a larger natural gas company. However, in the fall of 1986, Texas Eastern traded the company to Zapata Gulf Marine for an exchange of stock.

In 1988, the tug was acquired by the Hale Container Transport Lines of Baltimore, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the Ashley Hale. In 1992, the Hale Transport Lines where dissolved.

In 1992, the tug was acquired by the Allied Transportation Company of Norfolk, Virginia. Where she was renamed as the Falcon.

In 2012, the Allied Transportation Company was acquired the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2014, the tug was acquired by the Dann Marine Towing Company of Chesapeake City, Maryland. Where she was renamed as the Carolina Coast.

Powered by two 12-251C Alco diesel engines fitted with turbos. With Falk 30 MRVC A35-G reduction gears, at a ratio of 6:7:1. Turning two 132(in) by 95(in), fixed pitch, stainless steel, propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 4,400 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two 99kW Detroit 8V-71N generator sets. The tug's capacities are 72,900 gallons of fuel, 1,000 gallons of lube oil, 1,795 gallons of waste oil, and 4,000 gallons of potable water.

The towing equipment consists of a Skagit, double drum towing winch. Outfitted with 2,700(ft) of 2(in) towing wire.
(Sam Zapadinsky, Captain Eric Takakjian, Ted Bishop, Birk Thomas)

  • Vessel Name: FALCON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 525828
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7042863
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WBE7134
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 71
  • Year Built: 1970
  • Length: 112.7
  • Hailing Port: CHESAPEAKE CITY, MD.
  • Hull Depth: 18.5
  • Hull Breadth: 33
  • Gross Tonnage: 196
  • Net Tonnage: 133
  • Owner:
    299 BOAT YARD RD PO BOX 250
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Mister Richard, Ashley Hale, FALCON, FALCON
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Jackson Marine Corp, Gulf Flee Marinet, Zapata Gulf Marine, Hale Container Transport Lines, Allied Transportation Co., O A LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC