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JIMMY SMITH
Pictured as: the Jimmy Smith (Kirby Corporation) Photo by: Kyle Stubbs

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

In 1978, Gulf Mississippi Marine Incorporated became Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas.

In 1985, Zapata Marine Service, Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated, and Jackson Marine Services merged to form Zapata Gulf Marine Service Incorporated of Houston, Texas.

In 1992, Zapata Gulf Marine Incorporated merged with Tidewater Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2002, the tug was acquired by the Smith Maritime Company Honolulu, Hawaii. Which was a part of the Hawaiian Interisland Towing Company of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where she was renamed the Jimmy Smith.

In 2007, the Smith Maritime Company was acquired by the K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug retained her name.

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

In 2016, the tug was phased out of service. And, "laid up."

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


  • 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 Inc., Gulf Fleet Marine Inc., Zapata Gulf Marine Service Inc, TOW BOAT SERVICES & MANAGEMENT INC, HAWAIIAN INTERISLAND TOWING INC, SMITH MARITIME LLC, SMITH MARITIME LLC