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Built in 1962, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #114) as the Interstate Transporter for Interstate Oil Transportation of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She was the first tug to be built by Main Iron Works for Interstate Oil Transport.

At the time Interstate Oil Transportation operated two fleets. Their Northeast Fleet or "Green Fleet" operated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And their Southern Fleet or "White fleet" which operated out of Tampa, Florida.

Eventually a group of managers at SONAT Marine offered to form a partnership to raise the funds necessary to purchase the SONAT Marine subsidiary. These eleven partners included some who had worked for IOT since the 1950's. On April 14, 1987 Maritrans Partners of Tampa, Florida. Assumed control of SONAT's tug and barge operations.

However, in March of 1989 the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound. In 1990, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was passed calling for the double hulling of all petroleum carrying vessels by 2015. As well, as other stipulations that effected Maritrans including manning, preparedness and spill prevention. Maritrans filed suit to fight the stipulations set fourth by OPA '90.

Maritrans had begun to consolidate its business by the mid 1990's. By first, backing out of the black oil trade and carry only petroleum products and petrochemicals. The phosphate trade and local transport in Baltimore that was part of the Harbor Towing subsidiary did not fit into Maritrans's new business model. As Maritrans backed out local companies moved in that included Bouchard Transportation of Melville, New York and Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Maryland.

For time, the tug was chartered to Moran Towing in Charleston, South Carolina. Where she moved scrap barges in and around Charleston and along the Intercoastal Waterway.

In 1998, Maritrans's northeast fleet was thinned and many of the vessels where acquired by K-Sea Transportation Partners of Staten Island, New York, Reinauer Transportation (also of Staten Island, New York) and Vane Brothers of Baltimore, Maryland.

The Interstate Transporter was acquired by Reinauer Transportation Companies of Staten Island, New York. Where she was renamed as the Kristy Ann Reinauer.

She is a square bow pushboat rated at 2,000 horsepower.

In 2013, the tug was placed out of service.
(Harold Tartell, Ted Bishop)

  • USCG Doc. No.: 290145
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 5162035
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WCW9656
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 114
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS, INC.
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Length: 82.8
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY
  • Hull Depth: 9.8
  • Hull Breadth: 26.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 207
  • Net Tonnage: 140
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Interstate Transporter, KRISTY ANN REINAUER
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Interstate Oil Transport, SONAT, Maritrans Operating Partners, Moran Towing Company (Charter), REINAUER TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES LLC