Built in 1995, by Moss Point Marine of Lockport, Louisiana (hull #1421/L332) as the Lucia for Penn Maritime of Stamford, Connecticut.
Powered by two EMD 16-645F7 main engines rated at 3,500 horsepower each taken at 900 rpm for a rated 7,010 horsepower.
The tug is fitted with an INTERcon coupler system. Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering provided design and engineering for both the coupler installation on the tugs, and the stern structural design and notch design for the barges. Ocean Tug and Barge engineering designed the load box structure surrounding the couplers, and also modified the Halter design structurally to accept the load box. They also provided Halter with anticipated loading from the connection at sea, and arranged for and participated in an FEA analysis for the tug structure as well.
On the barge, OT&BE designed the structure of the stern area around the connection, the skegs supporting the connection, and the notch shape to suit the connection.
The Lucia is married to a double hull 115,000 bbl OPA-90 Compliant barge. The Caribbean was built in 1995 by Alabama Shipyards of Mobile, Alabama.
In 2012, Penn Maritime was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.