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ROSS SEA
Pictured as: the Ross Sea (Kirby Corporation) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2003, by Thoma-Sea Boatbuilders of Houma, Louisiana (hull #122) as the Normandy for Metropolitan Marine Transportation Incorporated of Staten Island, New York.

In 2008, the tug was acquired by the K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where she was renamed as the Ross Sea.

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, Cummins KTA-50 M2 diesel engines. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 3,400 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: ROSS SEA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1137130
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8983105
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDE3122
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 122
  • Ship Builder: THOMA-SEA BOAT BUILDERS INC
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Length: 95.3
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 13.7
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 119
  • Net Tonnage: 92
  • Owner:
    KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC
    55 WAUGH DRIVE SUITE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    NORMANDY
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    THOMA-SEA BOAT BUILDERS INC, METROPOLITAN MARINE TRANSPORTATION INC., K-SEA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP LP, K-SEA OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC, KIRBY OFFSHORE MARINE OPERATING LLC