Built in 2010, by Hope Services Incorporated of DuLac, Louisiana (hull #173) as Aransas Pass for Higman Barge Lines Incorporated of Houston, Texas.
In 2018, Higman Barge Lines Incorporated was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, TX. Where the tug was renamed as the Austin.
Powered by two, Cummins KTA38-M1 diesel engines. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 2,000 horsepower.