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Pictured as: the Lucky D. (Norfolk Tug Company) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1970, by Quality Shipyards Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #102) as the Gulf Star for Gulf Mississippi Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas.

In 1978, Gulf Mississippi Marine Incorporated became Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1985, Zapata Marine Service, Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated, and Jackson Marine Services merged to form Zapata Gulf Marine Service Incorporated of Houston, Texas.

In 1992, Zapata Gulf Marine Incorporated merged with Tidewater Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1992, the tug was acquired by the Norfolk Tug Company of Norfolk, Virginia. Where she was renamed as the Lucky D.

In 2021, she was phased out of active service. And was "laid up" at Norfolk, Virginia.

Powered by two, Caterpillar 3512 B diesel engines. With Twin Disc MG5600 reduction gears, at a ratio of 5:1. Turning two, 90(in) by 68(in), four bladed, stainless steel, fixed pitch propellers. For a rated 3,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 100kW, John Deere PE6068T generator sets. The tug's capacities are 50,000 gallons of fuel, 1,765 gallons of lube oil, and 10,000 gallons of potable water.
(Captain Eric Takakjian, Kyle Stubbs)

  • Vessel Name: GULF STAR
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0528453
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 07114020
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WCW9333
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 102
  • Ship Builder: Quality Shipyards Inc.
  • Year Built: 1970
  • Length: 86
  • Hailing Port: CHESAPEAKE, VA.
  • Hull Depth: 9.4
  • Hull Breadth: 27.9
  • Gross Tonnage: 154
  • Net Tonnage: 105
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Gulf Star
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Gulf Mississippi Marine Inc., Gulf Fleet Marine Inc., Zapata Gulf Marine Inc., Tidewater Marine Inc., A-1 TOWING INC., GILMERTON TUGS LLC.