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COMMANDER
Pictured as: the Commander (River Parishes) Photo by: M. Ijperen

Built in 1957, by the Bethlehem Steel Company of Staten Island, New York (hull #8515) as the Buffalo for the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad Company of Lackawanna, New Jersey.

In 1960, the tug was acquired by the Erie Lackawanna Railroad Company of New York, New York. Where she retained her name.

In 1971, she was acquired by Manatee Tug and Barge Lines Incorporated of Tampa, Florida. Where she was renamed as the Bradenton.

In 1994, she was acquired by the Bay Transportation Corporation of Norfolk, Virginia where she was renamed as the Commander.

In 2001, the tug was acquired by River Parishes Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where she retained her name.

In 2007, River Parishes Incorporated was acquired by the Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2014, the tug was removed from active service and "laid up." Originally powered by a single Cleveland 8-498 diesel engine. The tug was later repowered with a single Alco 12-251C diesel engine. She was a single screw, rated at 1,200 horsepower.
(Paul Strubeck)


  • Vessel Name: COMMANDER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 273567
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7436179
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDC3081
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 8515
  • Ship Builder: BETHLEHEM STEEL COMPANY, INC.
  • Year Built: 1957
  • Length: 98.4
  • Hailing Port: NEW ORLEANS, LA.
  • Hull Depth: 13.3
  • Hull Breadth: 26.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 252
  • Net Tonnage: 171
  • Owner:
    MORAN TOWING CORPORATION
    50 LOCUS AVENUE
    NEW CANNON, CT 06840
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Buffalo, BRADENTON
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railroad Company, Manatee Tug & Barge Lines, Inc., RIVCO ACQUISITION CORPORATION, IBERVILLE INTERESTS LLC, MORAN TOWING CORPORATION