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NIAU
Pictured as: the Niau (Smith Maritime Company) Photo by: S. Sue

Built in 1967, by Zigler Shipyards Incorporated of Mermentau, Louisiana (hull #182) as the Sanford P. Dole for the Matson Navigation Company of Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 1983, by the Smith Maritime Company Honolulu, Hawaii. Which was a part of the Hawaiian Interisland Towing Company of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where she was renamed as the Niau.

In 2007, the Smith Maritime Company was acquired by the K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2009, the tug went out of documentation. Her current and or final disposition is unknown. She was a twin screw tug, rated at 1,200 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: NIAU
  • USCG Doc. No.: 510052
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WM7908
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 182
  • Ship Builder: ZIGLER SHIPYARDS INC
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Length: 61.7
  • Hailing Port: HONOLULU, HI.
  • Hull Depth: 10.3
  • Hull Breadth: 20.6
  • Gross Tonnage: 89
  • Net Tonnage: 40
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    SANFORD P. DOLE, NIAU, NIAU, NIAU
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Matson Navigation Co., Smith Maritime Co., HAWAIIAN INTERISLAND TOWING INC, K-SEA HAWAII INC