|Freshly painted at Menominee,
MI, Apr. 7, 2008.
The keel was laid for this articulated pusher tug at the McDermott Shipyard,
Morgan City, LA on February 21, 1981 as their hull # 259. The tug was
launched April 21, 1981 and christened Victory for Texaco Marine Services,
Port Arthur, TX. Records show the ownership of the tug passing to
Signet Marine, Houston, TX in June of 1990 with Texaco Marine still acting
as managers of the vessel. In January of 2001, Penn Maritime Inc.,
Stamford, CT acquired the ownership and management of the tug operating it
primarily from their Slidell, LA location. The Victory pushed a
200,000 barrel petroleum barge serving mainly Gulf of Mexico ports in
Louisiana, Texas, Florida and also the Bahamas.
Victory was purchased by a subsidiary of KK
Integrated Shipping, Menominee, MI in late 2006; the tug arriving at
Escanaba, MI on its delivery voyage from the Gulf on November 27, 2006.
KK used the tug during the latter part of the 2007 season in the notch of
their barge Lewis J. Kuber after pulling that
barge's tug Olive L. Moore from service for
repairs and upgrading. Victory was upgraded with the raising of
the pilothouse an additional 8' (2.44m), the lower pilothouse being
converted to 2 new staterooms and the connecting system converted to a
Hydracon connector system to mate up with KK's newly converted self
unloading barge James L. Kuber.
Following the christening of the barge on March 29, 2008, the pair departed
Menominee, MI April 13, 2008 on their maiden voyage as an articulated
tug/barge unit bound for Port Inland, MI for a load of limestone.
Victory is powered by 2 MaK 6-cylinder 6MU551AK diesel engines each rated at
3,940 b.h.p. (2,898 KW), the power being fed to 2 fixed pitch propellers
giving the tug a service speed of 16.1 m.p.h. KK Integrated Shipping,
LLC operate and manage the tug
In February 2011 Rand Logisitcs acquired the two self-unloading tug barges, Lewis J. Kuber and James L. Kuber, from KK Integrated Shipping for $35.5 million in cash as well as more than 1.3 million shares of its common stock. The vessels are operated by Grand River Navigation.
|| 140' 00"
| 129' 00"
|| 43' 01"
|| 18' 00"
| Gross Tonnage
|| 194 tons
| Power (diesel)
b.h.p. (5,796 KW)
Close up of the notch. Dick Lund
Departing on maiden voyage as an articulated tug/barge unit, Apr. 13, 2008.
Approaching Menominee North Pier Lighthouse,
Apr. 13, 2008. Dick Lund
Approaching the barge, Apr. 10, 2008.
Turning toward the notch of the James L. Kuber.
Into the notch. Dick Lund
At Montreal Nov. 13, 2006 while on delivery trip to the Great Lakes. Kent