Built in 2010, by Patti Industries of Pensacola, Florida (hull #168) as the Freedom for Express Marine of Camden, New Jersey.
She was the first new ATB for Express Marine, and the tallest ever built by Patti Industries. She is fitted with a Beacon Finland JAK 700P coupler system.
Powered by a pair of EMD 12-71G7C-T2 diesel main engines married with two SteerProp SP35 azimuthing "z-drives" turning two 9.2(ft)(2.800 mm) four bladed propellers for a rated 6,000 horsepower. Her main engines and gensets are all flexible mounted for the purpose of noise reduction.
Her electrical service is provided by two John Deere 6081AMK330 gensets. Each capable of producing 159 kW at 1,800 rpm. Any of the three generators can handle the electrical demand of the vessel. However one generator handles the demands of the JAK coupler system. She is equipped with a North Pacific Crane MCT 10-40 10-ton hydraulic crane with telescoping boom capable of a 40(ft) reach. Her towing gear consists of two pair of JonRie Intertech hydraulic capstans with a 20,000 lb. line pull.
The tug's capacities are 103,000 gallons of fuel oil, 2,400 gallons of lube oil, 13,000 gallons of wash water, 4,200 gallons of potable water and 2,000 gallons of sewage.
The "z-drives" aboard the Freedom are the largest Steerprop units installed in the United States. She is equipped with a MICAD fuel management system and a tethered remote system for the vessel's controls in the event of close quarters maneuvering the operator can stand at any location in the wheelhouse and maintain full control over the vessel.
The tug also features a hybrid cooling system, with both raw water going through a heat exchanger as well as a traditional freshwater cooling with channels. If for some reason the raw water system becomes clogged with debris she has the capability to run about seventy five to eighty percent of the power by switching over to a closed loop channel system.
The Freedom is married to a 482(ft) by 90(ft) barge the EMI 2400 that was constructed by Gunderson Marine of Portland, Oregon.