Home Search Links About Us Updates TBI Store Login
SUN EXPLORER
Pictured as: the Island Explorer (Stevens Towing) Photo by: William L. Baxter

Built in 1980, by Henry's Boat builders of Morgan City, Louisiana as the Raimy Jim.

In 1993, the tug was acquired by the Cenac Towing Company Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Genie Cenac.

In 1995, the tug was acquired by Sun State Marine Services Incorporated of Jacksonville, Florida. A subsidy of the Colonial Oil Company of Savannah, Georgia. Where she was renamed as the Sun Explorer.

In 2002, the Chatham Towing Company merged with the Colonial Towing Company of Savannah, Georgia. To form the Chatham-Colonial Towing Company of Savannah, Georgia. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2013, the Chatham-Colonial Towing Company was acquired by the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2015, the tug was acquired by the Stevens Towing Company of Yonges Island, South Carolina. Where the tug was renamed as the Island Explorer.

She is twin screw, square bow, push boat, rated at 800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: SUN EXPLORER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 619367
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8971580
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDH8636
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: HENRY'S BOAT BUILDERS
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Length: 56.5
  • Hailing Port: YONGES ISLAND, SC.
  • Hull Depth: 8.3
  • Hull Breadth: 24.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 122
  • Net Tonnage: 83
  • Owner:
    STEVENS TOWING COMPANY INC
    4170 HWY 165
    YONGES ISLAND, SC 29449
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    RAIMY JIM, Genie Cenac, SUN EXPLORER, SUN EXPLORER
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Cenac Towing Co. Inc., Sun State Marine Services Inc., COLONIAL TOWING INC, COLONIAL TOWING INC, VANE LINE BUNKERING