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NORTH SEA
Pictured as: the North Sea (Kirby) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1982, by McDermott Shipyard of Amelia, Louisiana (hull #267) as the El Gallo Grande Tidewater Marine Services Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 2002, the tug was acquired by Captain Christopher Roehrig of the Roehrig Maritime Company of Staten Island, New York. Where she was renamed as the Eileen M. Roehrig.

The tug was Named for the Roehrig Maritime Company's founder, and owner Captain Christopher Roehrig's wife. The company had an extensive renovation of the vessel performed. That included the addition of an upper wheel house.

In 2007, the Roehrig Maritime Company was acquired by K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug was renamed as the North Sea.

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, was "laid up."

Powered by two, sixteen cylinder, EMD 16-645-E6 diesel engines. Turning two, cast steel, fixed pitch propellers. She is a twin screw tug ,rated at 4,200 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 125kW generator sets. The tug's capacities are 91,139 gallons of fuel.
(Captain Christopher Roehrig)


  • Vessel Name: NORTH SEA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 645685
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8201210
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE5025
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 267
  • Ship Builder: MCDERMOTT SHIPYARD
  • Year Built: 1982
  • Length: 120.1
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 16.3
  • Hull Breadth: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 199
  • Net Tonnage: 135
  • Owner:
    KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC
    55 WAUGH DRIVE SUITE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    EL GALLO GRANDE, EILEEN M ROEHRIG
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Twenty Grand Offshore LLC, TUG EILEEN M ROEHRIG LLC, K-SEA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP LP, K-SEA OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC