Built in 2013, by Hope Services Incorporated of Dulac, Louisiana (hull #190) as the Calcasieu for Higman Barge Lines Incorporated of Houston, Texas.
In 2018, Higman Barge Lines Incorporated was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Karnes.
Powered by two, Cummins KTA38-M2 diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears, at a ratio of 5.96:1. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at. 2,000 horsepower.