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VIKING (1972)
Pictured as: the Viking (Kirby) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1976, by McDermott Shipyard of Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #175) as the Robin Alario for Nolty J. Theriot Offshore Incorporated of Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

In 1992, the tug was acquired by the Eklof Marine Corporation of Staten Island, New York. Where she was renamed as the Viking.

In 1993, the Eklof Marine Corporation was acquired by K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2006, she was outfitted with a JAK coupler system. As well as, a new support tower for an enlarged and modified upper wheelhouse.

In 2011, the K-Sea Transportation Partnership was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

Powered by two, twelve cylinder, EMD 12-645-E5 diesel engines. Turning two, cast steel, fixed pitch, propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 4,300 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 100kW generator sets. With a third auxiliary generator set. The tug's capacities are 135,970 gallons of fuel, and 14,001 gallons of potable water.


  • Vessel Name: VIKING (1972)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 541711
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7235202
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDB5552
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 175
  • Ship Builder: MCDERMOTT SHIPYARD
  • Year Built: 1972
  • Length: 132.6
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 18.5
  • Hull Breadth: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 178
  • Net Tonnage: 121
  • Owner:
    KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC
    55 WAUGH DRIVE SUITE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    ROBIN ALARIO
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Nolty J. Theriot Offshore Inc., EW HOLDINGS CORP, K-SEA TRANSPORTATION LLC, K-SEA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP L P, K-SEA OPERATING LLC