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KELLY RAE ERICKSON
Photo by: Captain Peter

Built in 1982, the by Dravo Corporation of Neville Island, Pennsylvania (hull #8605) as the Arnold Sobel for the Sobel Barge Lines Incorporated.

In 2003, the tug was acquired by the Marquette Transportation Company of Jefferson, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Kelly Rae Erickson.

Powered by two, Tier III compliant, EMD-12-710G7C diesel engines. With Falk reduction gears, at a ratio of 4.741:1. Turning two, Avdl,-114(in) by 115(in), stainless steel, fixed pitch propellers, mounted in kort nozzles. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 6,140 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, John Deere 6081, generator sets. The tug's capacities are 113,937 gallons of fuel, and 1,485 gallons of lube oil.


  • Vessel Name: KELLY RAE ERICKSON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 664991
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDH6453
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 8605
  • Ship Builder: Dravo Corp.
  • Year Built: 1983
  • Length: 168
  • Hailing Port: ST. LOUIS, MO.
  • Hull Depth: 11.9
  • Hull Breadth: 45
  • Gross Tonnage: 901
  • Net Tonnage: 612
  • Owner:
    MARQUETTE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY LLC
    150 BALLARD CIRCLE
    PADUCAH, KY 42001
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    ARNOLD SOBEL
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Sobel Barge Lines Inc., GATX THIRD AIRCRAFT CORPORATION, MARQUETTE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY INC, SOUTHTRUST BANK, WELLS FARGO EQUIPMENT FINANCE INC, MARQUETTE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY LLC