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FALCON (1978)
Pictured as: the Falcon (Vane Brothers) Photo by: the Vane Brothers Company

Built in 1978, by Modern Marine Power Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #23) as the Falcon for the South Bay Fuel Transportation Company of Shirley, New York.

In 1989, the tug was acquired by the Eklof Marine Corporation of Staten Island, New York. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1993, 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 2013, the Kirby Corporation's Philadelphia Operation also known as River Associates Incorporated. Was acquired by the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Where she retained her name.

The tug was originally powered by two, Detroit Diesel 12V71 diesel engines For a rated 1,800 horsepower.

In 2014, the Vane Brothers Company repowered her with two, Tier II compliant, Cummins K38-M diesel engines. For a rated 2,000 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: FALCON (1978)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0598501
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 08989927
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDB6231
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 23
  • Ship Builder: MODERN MARINE POWER INC.
  • Year Built: 1978
  • Length: 74.5
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY
  • Hull Depth: 11.7
  • Hull Breadth: 25
  • Gross Tonnage: 95
  • Net Tonnage: 64
  • Owner:
    VANE LINE BUNKERING INC
    4925 FT MIFFLIN ROAD
    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19153
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    South Bay Fuel Transportation Co., EW HOLDING CORP, K-SEA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP L P, K-SEA OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING INC