Built in 1976, by Quality Equipment of Houma, Louisiana (hull #132) as the Sea Vixen for Crowley Marine Services Incorporated of San Francisco, California.
In 1988, the tug was sold. Where she was renamed as the Margaret George.
In 1990, she was sold. And, renamed as the Chinook.
In 1995, the tug was acquired by the Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington. Where she was renamed as the Ellen Foss.
In 1999, she suffered an electrical fire. Which started in the galley, and damaged the tug while she was underway off of the Alaskan coast. After the fire was extinguished, the tug was towed to Seattle, Washington. Where she was "laid up," and declared as a constructive total loss.
In 2001, the tug was acquired "as is" by the Smith Maritime Company Honolulu, Hawaii. A division of Hawaiian InterIsland Towing Incorporated of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where the tug was completely refurbished, and renamed as the Nakoa.
In 2002, the tug was chartered to the Sirius Maritime Company of Seattle, Washington. Another division of Hawaiian InterIsland Towing Incorporated of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where she retained her name.
In 2004, she was chartered to Chevron Incorporated of Washington, D.C. Where the tug was renamed as the Ellen Ross.
In 2004, the tug was returned to the Smith Maritime Company Honolulu, Hawaii. Where the tug was renamed as the Nakoa.
In 2006, the Smith Maritime Company 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.
Powered by two, sixteen cylinder, EMD 16-645-E2 diesel engines. Turning two, cast steel, fixed pitch propellers. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 5,750 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by two, 99kW, Stamford generator sets. The tug's capacities are 160,000 gallons of fuel.
Her towing gear consists of an INTERcon, double drum, SLP anchor handling, towing winch. Outfitted with 4,000(ft) 1.25(in) wire.