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AJAX
Pictured as: the Intra Recoil (IntraTug) Photo by: IntraTug Incorporated

Built in 1971, by Main Iron Works Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #254) as the Ajax for the Sabine Transportation Company of Port Arthur, Texas.

In 1967, the founders of Sabine Transportation Company merged with the with the Chromalloy American Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1980, the Chromalloy American Corporation was acquired by the Sequa Corporation of New York. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1992, the former assets of the Sabine Transportation Company where acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2021, the tug was acquired by IntraTug (the Intracoastal Tug and Barge Company) of Maurice, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Intra Recoil.

In 2021, IntraTug (the Intracoastal Tug and Barge Company) became part of the Intra Marine Group of Lafayette, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.

Originally powered by two, Caterpillar 3508 diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears, at a ratio of 5.17:1, for a rated 1,700 horsepower.

She was later repowered with two, Tier II compliant, Cummins K38M diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG 540 reduction gears, at a ratio of 6.6:1. Turning Two, 70(in) by 55(in), fixed pitch propellers. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 2,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 100kW, John Deere generator sets. The tug's capacities are 17,000 gallons of fuel, 1,087 gallons of lube oil, 100 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 10,000 gallons of potable water.


  • Vessel Name: AJAX
  • USCG Doc. No.: 533346
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8842117
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2573
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 254
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS, INC.
  • Year Built: 1971
  • Length: 71.2
  • Hailing Port: HOUSTON, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 10.2
  • Hull Breadth: 24.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 143
  • Net Tonnage: 97
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Ajax
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Sabine Towing Co., Sabine Transportation Co., Chromalloy American Corp., Sequa Corp., KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP A DELAWARE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP