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TEXACO AVJET
Pictured as: the Siberian Sea (Kirby Corporation) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1980, by Jakobson Shipyard Incorporated of Oyster Bay, New York (hull #462) as the Texco Avjet for the Texaco Marine Company Incorporated of Beaumont, Texas.

In 1990, the Texaco Marine Company renamed the tug as the Star Avjet.

In 1999, she was acquired Weeks Marine Incorporated of Cranford, New Jersey. Where the tug was renamed as the Matthew.

In 2004, the tug was acquired by Captain Christopher Roehrig of the Roehrig Maritime Company of Staten Island, New York where she was renamed as the Heidi E. Roehrig. Named for Roehrig Maritime founder Christopher Roehrig's sister.

In 2007, the Roehrig Maritime Company was acquired by the K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where she was renamed as the Siberian Sea.

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

In 2016, the tug was phased out of service. And, was "laid up" at the Kirby Corporation's yard in Staten Island, New York.

In 2017, she was acquired by Vinik Marine Services of Keyport, New Jersey. Where the tug was renamed as the Mike Azzolino.

Powered by two, EMD 12-645 E-2 diesel engines. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 3,300 horsepower,
(Captain Christopher Roehrig, Ramon Duran)


  • Vessel Name: TEXACO AVJET
  • USCG Doc. No.: 620541
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7823358
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise, Unrestricted Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE5028
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 462
  • Ship Builder: JAKOBSON SHIPYARD INC
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Length: 99.8
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 16.3
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 199
  • Net Tonnage: 135
  • Owner:
    VINIK MARINE SERVICES LLC
    85 FIRST ST
    KEYPORT, NJ 07735
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Texaco Avjet, STAR AVJET, MATTHEW, HEIDI E. ROEHRIG, SIBERIAN SEA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Texaco Marine Inc., WEEKS MARINE INC, HEIDI E ROEHRIG LLC, K-SEA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP LP, K-SEA OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC