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Dixie Commander (1995/05/26)
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Dixie Commander (1995/05/26)
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Dixie Commander (1996/07/01)
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Dixie Commander (1996/07/01)
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Dixie Commander (1996/11/09)
  IMO: 7806506  
Details/Construction
Builder:Todd Shipyards IncorporatedLocation:Galveston, TexasHull #:55
Keel Layed:Launched:Commissioned:1980
Propulsion
As builtType:2 GM 20-645-E7 - 20-cylinder diesel enginesOutput:5070 hp (3728 kW) - 12.25 knots
Manufacturer:General Motors Corporation - Electro Motive Division - La Grange, Illinois (built 1975)
Dimensions
As builtLength:36.68 m (120.3 ft)Gross Tonnage:197
Breadth:10.67 m (35.0 ft)Net Tonnage:133
Depth:6.79 m (22.3 ft)Dead Weight:
Owner HistoryFleet History
OwnerManagerFromUntil
FleetFromUntil
Dow Chemical Corporation - Midland, Missouri1990
Texaco Marine Company Inc. - Beaumont, Texas1993
Dixie Offshore Transportation Inc. - Houston, Texas1999
Allied Transportation Company - Norfolk, Virginia2012
Kirby Corporation - Channelview, Texas2018
Name HistoryRegistration History
NameCall SignUntil
GeminiWCY83741980
Sea SkimmerWCY83741990
Star ProvidenceWCY83741993
Dixie CommanderWCY83741999
Sea RavenWCY83742018
NumberPortFromUntil
US 629923
Description
Excerpt from historical report presented at www.tugboatinformation.com

Built in 1980, by Todd Shipyards Incorporated of Galveston, Texas (hull #55) as Gemini for the Dow Chemical Corporation of Midland, Missouri.

The tug was "assembled", in the early 1980's. The assembly began with hulls #575 and #578 that where constructed in 1941 by Weaver Shipyards of Orange, Texas.

The hulls where originally built as Navy V-4 type tugs each with single screws and both were fitted with kort steering nozzles. When the tugs where scrapped, their sterns where salvaged, and towed from a scrap yard in Brownsville, Texas to Todd Shipyard in Galveston, Texas. The two sterns where modified then welded together. The new stern was married to a fore body that had been constructed by Todd Shipyard and was fitted with a Bludworth coupler system.

In 1982, with the construction tasked to Richard and Robert Bludworth completed. the Dow Chemical Corporation contracted the manning and operation of the unit to the Bludworth's Old River Towing Company of Houston, Texas. The tug was subsequently renamed Sea Skimmer.

She was one of two Articulated Tug and Barges (ATBs) that where built and operated by Dow Chemical. In the years that followed however Sea Skimmer was plagued with a multitude of mechanical problems. In one instance, the tug was ejected from the notch of her barge off of Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
Disposition
Description/LocationTug and barge scrapped in Louisiana, USA.
Arrival at Yard2018Beached:Work Began:
LostDate:

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