Built in 1968, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #207) as the Morania No. 18 for the Morania Oil Tanker Corporation.
The tug was later acquired by Dann Marine Towing of Chesapeake City, Maryland where she was renamed as the First Coast .
The tug is powered by two Caterpillar 3512 diesel main engines with two Lufkin RS-211 reduction gears at a ratio of 5.222:1. Turning two four bladed stainless steel 88(in) diameter by 66(in) fixed pitch propellers for a rated 2,400 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two generators driven by two Detroit Diesel 4-71 engines. Her port generator produces 75 kw at 1,800 rpm. Her starboard generator produces 55 kw at 1,200 rpm.
The tug's capacities are 32,000 gallons of fuel oil, 758 gallons of lube oil, 400 gallons of waste oil, and 5,000 gallons of water.
Her towing gear consists of two Patterson push winches fitted with 100(ft) by 1 1/8(in) cable and 1,200(ft) of 8(in) nylon towing hawser.