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BELCHER TAMPA

Built in 1981, by Diamond Manufacturing Incorporated of Savannah, Georgia (hull #479) as the Belcher Tampa for the the Belcher Towing Company of Tampa, Florida.

She was "married" with the 560(ft), by 41(ft), by 92.5, 417,000(bbls) barge, the Belcher Barge #101. which was constructed in 1979 by Galveston Shipbuilding Incorporated of Galveston, Texas for Belcher Towing Company of Miami, Florida.

In 1983, the tug sank. She was powered by a 38(ft) tall single, Burmeister and Wain 7L67GF turbocharged, slow-speed, direct reversing, crosshead diesel engines. The engines where custom built in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Burmeister and Wain. She was a single screw tug, rated at 15,200 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: BELCHER TAMPA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 645325
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 479
  • Ship Builder: DIAMOND MANUFACTURING INC.
  • Year Built: 1981
  • Length: 152.3
  • Hull Depth: 22.3
  • Hull Breadth: 53
  • Gross Tonnage: 282
  • Net Tonnage: 191
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    BELCHER TAMPA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Belcher Towing Co. Inc., MANATEE TOWING COMPANY