Built in 1968, by Southern Shipbuilding of Slidell, Louisiana (hull # YTB 801) YTB-801 (Palatka) for the United States Navy.
A Natick class large harbor tug for the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down, on the 29th of November 1968 and was launched, on the 19th of August 1969. She was delivered to the United States Navy on the 25th of November 1969.
The tug was placed in service as YTB-801 (Palatka) in the 5th Naval District at Naval Station at Norfolk, Virginia. She would later be reassigned to Naval Air Station Burmuda where she was stationed until September of 1995 when NAS Burmuda was closed as a result of post cold war Naval cutbacks. The Palatka was returned to the 5th Naval District at Naval Station at Norfolk, Virginia.
It is unknown when she was placed out of service, she was struck from the Naval Register, on the 4th of April 1995. She was sold on the 16th of July 2001, by the Defense Re utilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to Boston Towing and Transportation of Boston, Massachusetts (a subsidiary of Reinauer Transportation of Staten Island, New York) for $437,335 where she was renamed as the Maverick.
In 2011, the tug was acquired by Runner Marine Limited, a division of Capital Oil and Gas Industries limited of Lagos, Nigeria. Where the tug was renamed as the Alfa.
Powered by a single EMD 12-646-E2 main engine with a single Lufkin reduction gear at a ratio of 6:1 for a rated 2,200 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by a 60kW generator driven by Detroit Diesel 6-71 engine and another 60 KW generator driven by a Detroit Diesel 4-71 engine.
The tug's towing gear consists of a towing machine on her stern and a hydraulic capstan on her stern, with a hydraulic capstan on her bow.