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RAY PATER
Pictured as the: Avoree Noel (La Carriers LLC.) Photo courtesy of: Tristen Plaisance

Built in 1967, by Main Iron Works Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #186) as the Poseidon for the Sabine Towing and Transportation Company of The Groves, Texas.

In 1980, the tug was acquired by the Triangle Shifting and Fleeting Service Incorporated of Bridge City, Texas. Where she was renamed as the R.I. Trahan.

In 1989, she was acquired by International Barge Incorporated of Cincinnati, Ohio. Where the tug was renamed as the Ray Pater.

In 1992, the tug was acquired by the Cenac Towing Company Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Marie Cenac.

In 2004, she was leased to Horizon Maritime Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Taurus.

In 2005, the tug was acquired Horizon Maritime Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where she retained her name.

In 2008, she was acquired by Teppco Marine Services Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as the Taurus Cenac.

In 2009, the tug was acquired by Enterprise Marine Services Incorporated of San Antonio, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Taurus.

In 2015, she was acquired by the LA Carriers Transportation Service LLC. of Larose, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as the Avoree Noel.

Re-powered in 1992, she is driven by three Cummins KT19-M2 diesel engines. With Twin Disc 521 reduction gears, at a ratio of 7:1. Turning three 66(in) by 62(in), stainless steel, four bladed, fixed pitch propellers. She is a triple screw towboat, rated at 1,800 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 40kW, Cummins 6B, generator sets. The tug's capacities are 18,000 gallons of fuel, 300 gallons of lube oil, and 5,000 gallons of water.

The towing equipment consists of two, 40 ton, Patterson push winches.
(Tristen Plaisance)


  • Vessel Name: RAY PATER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 507262
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8332629
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDH9480
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 186
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS, INC
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Length: 71.2
  • Hailing Port: HOUMA, LA.
  • Hull Depth: 10.2
  • Hull Breadth: 24.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 143
  • Net Tonnage: 97
  • Owner:
    LA CARRIERS LLC
    752 INDUSTRIAL PARK RD BOX 1626
    LAROSE, LA 70373
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Poseidon, R. I. TRAHAN, Ray Pater, MARIE CENAC, TAURUS, TAURUS CENAC, TAURUS CENAC, TAURUS
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Sabine Towing & Transportation Co., Triangle Shifting and Fleeting Service Inc., International Barge Inc., CENAC TOWING CO INC, HORIZON MARITIME LLC, TEPPCO MARINE SERVICES LLC, ENTERPRISE MARINE SERVICES LLC, LA CARRIERS LLC