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REBEL
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1976, by Equitable shipbuilding of Madisonville, Louisiana (hull #1660) as the Toya Alario for Theriot Offshore of Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

The tug was originally designed for handling Oil Rigs in the North Sea but was acquired by the Marathon Petroleum Corporation of Findlay, Ohio where she was renamed as the Patrica E.

Marathon fitted the tug with the 442(ft) 150,000 bbl, barge the MM-2 (built in 1982 by Galveston Shipbuilding of Galveston, Texas for Marathon Oil) for service to Marathon Oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the 1990's the unit was acquired by the Eklof Marine Corporation of Staten Island, New York where she was renamed as the Rebel.

However, in 1993 the Eklof Marine Corporation was acquired by K-Sea Transportation of New York where she retained her name. Her barge was renamed as the DBL 152.

On November 10th, 2005 the unit was transiting the Gulf of Mexico when it struck a submerged non-producing platform the West Cameron 229A. The platform had been used to support pipeline inspection and operation.

Following Hurricane Rita, the platform's owners; Targa Midstream Services Limited Partnership had located the platform and had marked it's position with unlit buoys Following the allision, the DBL 152 capsized, the tug managed to release the barge before the capsizing.
The barge suffered a 35(ft) long by 6(ft) wide penetration in the hull of the barge. The DBL 152 was fully loaded, she remained afloat while upside down. Although, her cargo was lost and settled on the ocean bottom.

The barge was towed upside down into Chikisaw, Alabama where the remaining product in the barge was removed and the barge was eventually righted using a complex system of lifting the hull on air while simultaneously ballasting along with strategic placing and attachment of holding power anchors and winches. The barge was successfully rotated back into position, at one point taking a 90 degree angle to the water.

After her salvage, the DBL 152 was purchased by Verde Metals of Brownsville, Texas for salvage and eventual reuse.

The Rebel returned to service despite the incident. She was eventually outfitted with a JAK coupler system and now services K-Sea's JAK equipped 100,000 bbl barges.

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 and a fuel capacity of 185,541 gallons.


  • Vessel Name: REBEL
  • USCG Doc. No.: 5700470
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 74172900
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDB5547
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 1660
  • Ship Builder: EQUITABLE SHIPYARDS INC
  • Year Built: 1975
  • Length: 138
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY
  • Hull Depth: 13.9
  • Hull Breadth: 46
  • Gross Tonnage: 194
  • Net Tonnage: 132
  • Owner:
    K-SEA OPERATING LLC
    1 TOWER CENTER BLVD. 17TH FL
    EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ 08816
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Toya Alario, Patricia E.
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Theriot Offshore, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, EW HOLDING CORP, K-SEA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP L P