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JIMMY SMITH
Photo by: John Wilson

Built in 1976, by Equitable Shipyard of Madisonville, Louisiana (hull #1677) as the Gulf Commander for Gulf Mississippi Marine Houston, Texas.

In 1978, Gulf Mississippi Marine became Gulf Fleet. And the company was owned first by Pott Industries of St. Louis, Missouri. And, then by Houston Natural Gas Houston, Texas.

Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas would later merge with Zapata Gulf Marine of Houston, Texas, as well as Gulf Fleet 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 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.

On January 15th of 1992 Zapata Gulf Marine merged with Tidewater Marine of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The tug was then acquired by Hawaiian Interisland Towing of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where she was renamed the Jimmy Smith.

In 2006, K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey acquired Hawaiian Interisland Towing. Where the Jimmy Smith retained her name.

In 2011, K-Sea Transportation was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

She is a twin screw tug rated at 7,200 horsepower.
(Mike Rethmeyer, Captain Eric Takakjian)


  • Vessel Name: JIMMY SMITH
  • USCG Doc. No.: 576980
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7502409
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD9318
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 1677
  • Ship Builder: EQUITABLE SHPYARDS INC
  • Year Built: 1976
  • Length: 137.5
  • Hailing Port: HONOLULU, HI.
  • Hull Depth: 14.1
  • Hull Breadth: 40.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 174
  • Net Tonnage: 118
  • Owner:
    KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE HAWAII LLC
    55 WAUGH DRIVE SUITE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    GULF COMMANDER
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Gulf Mississippi Marine, Gulf Fleet, Zapata Gulf Fleet, Tidewater Marine, TOW BOAT SERVICES & MANAGEMENT INC, HAWAIIAN INTERISLAND TOWING INC, SMITH MARITIME LLC, SMITH MARITIME LLC