Built in 1976, by Halter Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana (hull #496) as the Mister Darby for the Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas.
Jackson Marine was owned by the Halliburton Corporation of Houston, Texas. The company owned a total of ninety vessels. Consisting mainly of offshore tugs, and supply vessels. With some chemical transport and some well stimulation vessels.
Jackson Marine Corporation later merged with Zapata Gulf Marine of Houston, Texas and Gulf Fleet of Houston, Texas. The company became the largest shipping company in the world with a total of four hundred fifteen vessels. Tidewater Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana at that time had about two hundred seventy five vessels.
In the fall of 1986, Seahorse Marine of Lockport, Louisiana merged into Zapata Gulf Marine adding an additional ninety vessels to the fleet.
Seahorse Marine had been founded by the Arthur Levey family as Arthur Levey Boat Company after World War II. The company was later acquired by Petrolane Natural Gas of Belding, Mississippi. Where the company was renamed Seahorse Marine. In 1985, Petrolane was acquired by Texas Eastern of Houston, Texas. Which was a larger natural gas company. However, in the fall of 1986, Texas Eastern traded the company to Zapata Gulf Marine for an exchange of stock.
On January 15th of 1992 Zapata Gulf merged with Tidewater Marine of New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 1998, the tug was acquired by DonJon Marine Company of Hillside, New Jersey. Where she was renamed as the Atlantic Salvor.
She is an ABS A-1 Towing Service + AMS, International Load Line certified tug.
Powered by two ALCO 16-251 F main engines with Lufkin RSQ 4222 reduction gears at a ratio of 5:6:1. Turning two 135(in) by 135(in) stainless steel fixed pitch open four bladed propellers for a rated 6,480 horsepower. She is also fitted with a 300 horsepower bow thruster.
Her electrical service is provided by two 150 kw generators driven by two GM 8v-71 engines generating 440 volts. The tug's capacities are 242,320 gallons of fuel oil, 3,640 gallons of lube oil, 15,150 gallons of potable water, and 39,510 gallons of drill water.
The tug's towing gear consists of a INTERcon DD 250 side by side double drum towing winch outfitted with 4,000(ft) of 2 1/4(in) towing wire on each drum. The winch features a line pull of 350,000 lbs. She is also outfitted with a set of remote control hydraulic towing pins, a stern chock with a 9(ft) diameter with 12 (ft) "Live" section with a hydraulic drive capstan. With an additional 1 1/4 (in) single wildcat and single cathead, mounted on the bow.
(Captain Eric Takakjian)