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NIOLO
Pictured as: the Niolo (Kirby Corporation) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1982, by Swiftships Incorporated of Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #12) as the Hokulele for the Smith Maritime Company of Honolulu, Hawaii. Which was a part of the Hawaiian Interisland Towing Company of Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 2004, the Smith Maritime Company renamed the tug as the Niolo.

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

She is a twin screw tug, rated at 3,900 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: NIOLO
  • USCG Doc. No.: 653612
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD9310
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 12
  • Ship Builder: SWIFTSHIPS, INC.
  • Year Built: 1982
  • Length: 107.8
  • Hailing Port: HONOLULU, HI.
  • Hull Depth: 14.2
  • Hull Breadth: 34
  • Gross Tonnage: 99
  • Net Tonnage: 67
  • Owner:
    KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE HAWAII LLC
    55 WAUGH DRIVE SUITE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    HOKULELE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    HAWAIIAN INTER ISLAND TOWING INC, SMITH MARITIME LLC, SMITH MARITIME LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE HAWAII LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE HAWAII LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE HAWAII LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE HAWAII LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE HAWAII LLC