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COMET
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1977, by Modern Marine Power, Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #16) as the Clarion.

In 1978, she was acquired by Gulf Mississippi Marine where she was renamed as the Gil Hebert.

In 1999, she was renamed as the Gulf Comet.

The tug was then acquired by Dann Ocean Towing of Tampa, Florida where she was renamed as the Comet.

She is a twin screw, model bow ABS Maltese Cross A-1; Maltese Cross AMS Towing Service certified tug. Powered by two EMD 12-645-E7B diesel main engines with Reintjes WAV 2600 reduction gears via 10 1/2(in) shafts turning two 116(in) diameter by 99(in) fixed pitch five bladed propellers for a rated 4,610 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two Delco 75 KW generators driven by two 6V-71 Detroit Diesel engines. The tug's capacities are 115,433 gallons of fuel oil, 364 gallons of Hydraulic Oil, 364 gallons of lube oil, 364 gallons of gear oil, 1,421 gallons of potable water (supplemented with watermaker), 12,610 gallons of wash water, 3,105 gallons of sewage, and 1,360 gallons of waste oil.

The towing gear consists of an INTERcon 7319 1E 00 towing winch outfitted with 2,000(ft) of 2(in) wire as the primary towing wire with a secondary 2,000(ft) of 2(in) wire.


  • Vessel Name: COMET
  • USCG Doc. No.: 580823
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7726550
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WCZ3965
  • Hull Material: 16
  • Hull Number: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: MODERN MARINE POWER, INC.
  • Year Built: 1977
  • Length: 108.4
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 16.7
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 193
  • Net Tonnage: 131
  • Owner:
    COMET TOWING COMPANY
    3670 S WESTSHORE BLVD
    TAMPA, FL 33629
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Clarion, GIL HEBERT, GULF COMET
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Gulf Mississippi Marine