Built in 1962, by Jakobson Shipyard Incorporated of Oyster Bay, New York (hull #406) as the Esso Maryland for the Esso Shipping Company of Wilmington, Delaware.
In 1972, the Esso Shipping Company became the Exxon Shipping Company of Wilmington, Delaware where the tug was renamed as the Exxon Maryland.
In 1989, she was acquired by the Eklof Marine Corporation of Staten Island, New York. Where she was renamed as the Maryland.
In 1993, the the Eklof Marine Corporation was acquired by the K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug retained her name.
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, she 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 the Liz Vinik.
Powered by two, Wartsila 9L20 diesel engines. With Haley GMCV-2040 reduction gears, at a ratio of 3.407:1. Turning two, 94(in) by 75(in), stainless steel, four bladed, fixed pitch, Coolidge propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 3,010 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by one 99kW Delco generator, driven by a Detroit Diesel diesel engine. And, a 100kW Marathon generator, driven by a Detroit Diesel diesel engine. The tug's capacities 36,580 gallons of fuel, 440 gallons of lube oil, 50,652 gallons of ballast, and 2,500 gallons of potable water.
The towing equipment consists of a single drum, Markey TSY-32 towing winch. Outfitted with 1,400(ft) of 1.5(in) towing wire. Driven by single, 75 horsepower motor.
(Robert Mattsson, Ramon Duran)