Built in 1976, by the Dravo Corporation of Neville Island, Pennsylvania (hull #6616) as the Dixie Challenge for Dixie Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas.
In 1998, the tug was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where she retained her name.
In 2018, the Kirby Corporation renamed the tug as the Challenge.
Powered by two, GM 12-645E7 diesel engines. With Falk reduction gears, at a ratio of 3.379:1. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat, outfitted with kort nozzles. For a rated 3,200 horsepower