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DACE REINAUER
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1968, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Lousiana (hull #196) as the Scott Chotin Jr. for the Chotin Transportation Company of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The tug was acquired by Reinauer Transportation Companies of Staten Island, New York where she was renamed as the Dace Reinauer.

In 2008, the tug was outfitted with a JAK 400 coupler system.

This involved a large amount of steel in her bow to be replaced as well as the basic design of her bow was altered to accommodate the pins that would affix the tug to notch of her barge.

The existing wheelhouses were removed and the tug was fitted with one aluminum wheelhouse with a 43(ft) height of eye. The towing machine was removed, her raised bow and 02 deck was extended aft 10(ft) to add weight for stability, as well as create additional space below decks to accommodate a third service generator and additional air compressor dedicated to her JAK coupler system.

The work was performed at Feeney's Enterprise of Kingston, New York. The engineering of the refit was performed by JMS Naval Architects.

She is a twin screw tug rated at 3,500 horsepower.
(Harold Tartell)


  • Vessel Name: DACE REINAUER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 517539
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8993368
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WCW8843
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 196
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS, INC.
  • Year Built: 1968
  • Length: 108.8
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY
  • Hull Depth: 14.4
  • Hull Breadth: 30.3
  • Gross Tonnage: 114
  • Net Tonnage: 79
  • Owner:
    REINAUER TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES LLC
    1983 RICHMOND TERRACE
    STATEN ISLAND, NY 10302
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Scott Chotin Jr.
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Chotin Transportation