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Built in 1962, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #114) as the Interstate Transporter for the Interstate Oil Transportation Company 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 Incorporated 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 the Interstate Oil Transportation Company since the 1950's. On April 14th, 1987 Maritrans Operating Partners of Tampa, Florida. Assumed control of SONAT Marine Company's tug and barge operations.

In 1982, the tug was chartered to the Moran Towing Corporation of Charleston, South Carolina. Where she was renamed as the Transporter. Where the tug moved scrap barges in and around Charleston and along the Intercoastal Waterway.

In 1989, she was returned to Martians Operating Partners of Tampa, Florida. Where the tug was renamed as the Interstate Transporter.

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 the year 2015. As well, as other stipulations that effected Maritrans Operating Partners, including manning, preparedness and spill prevention. Maritrans filed a lawsuit to fight the stipulations set fourth by Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

By the mid 1990's, Maritrans Operating Partners had begun to consolidate its business . By first, backing out of the black oil trade and transporting 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.

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

In 1998, the tug was acquired by the Reinauer Transportation Companies of Staten Island, New York. Where she was renamed as the Kristy Ann Reinauer.

In 2013, she was "laid up" at the Reinauer Transportation Company's yard in Staten Island, New York. In 2015, the tug was scrapped at Tottenville Marine in Staten Island, New York. She was a square bow push boat, rated at 2,000 horsepower.
(Captain Eric Takakjian, Harold E. Tartell, Ted Bishop, Birk Thomas)

  • 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, Transporter, KRISTY ANN REINAUER
  • Previous Vessel Owners: