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RONNIE MURPH
Photo by: Rene Beauchamp

Built in 2018, by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (hull #784) as the Miss Houston for the Plains Towing Company of Venice, Louisiana.

In 2018, she was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Ronnie Murph.

Powered by two, twelve cylinder, GE 12V250MDC7 diesel engines. With Reintjes GMBH reduction gears, at a ratio of 5.091:1. Turning two, bronze, fixed pitch, propellers, mounted in kort nozzles. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 8,000 horsepower.

The tug's capacities are 158,767 gallons of fuel, 792 gallons of hydraulic oil, 5,019 gallons of lube oil, 20,077 gallons of water, and 82,157 gallons of ballast.

Outfitted with and INTERcon coupler system. She is "married" with the 521(ft), by 72(ft), by 41(ft), 155,000(bbl), double hulled barge. The Kirby 155-03 that was constructed simultaneously in 2018, by the Fincantieri Marine Group.


  • Vessel Name: RONNIE MURPH
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1289982
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9836696
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDK5028
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 784
  • Ship Builder: FiNCANTIERI MARINE GROUP LLC
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Length: 130
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 23
  • Hull Breadth: 42
  • Gross Tonnage: 296
  • Net Tonnage: 201
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Miss Houston
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Plains Towing Co.