Built in 1983, by Jakobson Shipyard Incorporated of Oyster Bay, New York (hull #467) as the Escort for Express Marine Incorporated of Camden, New Jersey.
In 2017, she was phased out of active service and "laid up" at Express Marine's yard in Camden, New Jersey.
In 2020, the tug was acquired by Northstar Marine Incorporated of Clermont, New Jersey. Where she was renamed as the Northstar Innovator.
Powered by a single, Alco 12V-9X10 1/2-251E diesel engine. With a Reintjes WAV 2650 reduction gear, at a ratio of 4.941:1. Turning a single, cast steel, fixed pitch, propeller. Mounted in a kort nozzle, with a flanking rudder. She is rated at 2,400 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two, 75kW generator sets, driven by two Detroit Diesel 6-71 diesel engines. The tug's capacities are 27,473 gallons of fuel.