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CHALLANGE
Pictured as: the Dixie Challenge (Kirby Corporation) Photo by: Captain Ted

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


  • Vessel Name: CHALLANGE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 574361
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2619
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 6616
  • Ship Builder: Dravo Corporation
  • Year Built: 1976
  • Length: 100.5
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 8.6
  • Hull Breadth: 34.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 283
  • Net Tonnage: 193
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DRIVE STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    DIXIE CHALLENGE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP