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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 Nolty J. Theriot Offshore Incorporated of Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

In 1980, the tug was acquired by the Marathon Petroleum Corporation of Findlay, Ohio. Where she was renamed as the Patrica E.

The Marathon Petroleum Corporation "married" the tug with the 442(ft) 150,000(bbl) barge. The MM-2 which was constructed in 1982. By Galveston Shipbuilding of Galveston, Texas for the Marathon Petroleum Corporation, for service in the Gulf of Mexico.

In 1993, the unit was acquired by the Eklof Marine Corporation of Staten Island, New York. Where she was renamed as the Rebel.

In 1998, the Eklof Marine Corporation was acquired by the K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug retained her name. And, 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 consisting of lifting the hull on air bags, 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 acquired by Verde Metals of Brownsville, Texas for salvage and eventual reuse.

The Rebel returned to service following the incident. But, was outfitted with a JAK coupler system.

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

Powered by two, twenty cylinder, EMD 20-645-E5 diesel engines. Turning two, cast steel, fixed pitch, propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 7,200 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 99kW generator sets. The tug's capacities are 185,541 gallons of fuel.


  • 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:
    KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC
    55 WAUGH DRIVE SUITE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Toya Alario, PATRICIA E.
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Nolty J. Theriot Offshore Inc., Marathon Oil Corp., EW HOLDING CORP, K-SEA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP L P, K-SEA OPERATING LLC