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SARGASSO SEA
Pictured as: the Island Voyager (Island Tug and Barge) Photo by: KB

Built in 1972, by Houma Welders, INC of Houma, Louisiana (hull #30) as the Kelly Candies for Otto Candies, LLC. of Des Allemands, Louisiana.

The tug was later sold and renamed as the OPI Captain Andrew , and then as the Gulf Wind II.

She was eventually acquired bt SeaForce Marine where she was renamed as the Chesapeake.

For a time she had worked for many years under different owners and names as far abroad as India and the Middle East.

In 2006, she was acquired by K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey where she was renamed as the Sargasso Sea.

In 2010, the tug was laid up with a cracked engine block at which time she was acquired Island Tug and Barge Company of Seattle, Washington where she was renamed as the Island Voyager.

She is powered by a pair of EMD12-645E2 main engines with Western 4.12:1 reduction gears turning two 117(in) propellers on 11(in) shafts providing an estimated bollard pull of 35 tons. for a rated 2,460 horsepower.
Her tank capacities are: 72,000 gallons of fuel, 12,000 gallons of potable water and 10,000 gallons of ballast.

Her Towing gear consists of a Markey double drum TDSD-32 towing winch with a 125,000 lbs. of Line pull and a capacity of 1,800(ft) of 2(in) wire on each drum.


  • Vessel Name: SARGASSO SEA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 547618
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8967046
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDC2881
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 30
  • Ship Builder: HOUMA WELDERS INC
  • Year Built: 1972
  • Length: 98
  • Hailing Port: SEATTLE, WA.
  • Hull Depth: 11.7
  • Hull Breadth: 29.5
  • Gross Tonnage: 90
  • Net Tonnage: 61
  • Owner:
    ISLAND TUG AND BARGE CO
    3546 W MARGINAL WAY SW
    SEATTLE, WA 98106
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Kelly Candies, OPI Captain Andrew, Gulf Wind II, Chesapeake, Sargasso Sea
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Otto Candies LLC, SEAFORCE MARINE INC, K-SEA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP L P, ISLAND TUG AND BARGE CO