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CAPTAIN WILLIE LANDERS
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 2001, by Thoma-Sea Boatbuilders Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #118) as the M-2 for the Massie Towing Company of Bourg, Louisiana.

In 2011, the tug was acquired by the Crosby Marine Transportation Company of Golden Meadow, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Crosby Skipper.

In 2014, she was acquired by the Dann Ocean Towing Company of Tampa, Florida. Where the tug was renamed as the Captain Willie Landers.

Powered by two, Caterpillar 3508 B diesel engines. With Twin Disc 5301 DC reduction gears, at a ratio of 6.5:1.00. Turning two, 79(in) by 75(in), four bladed, stainless steel propellers, mounted in kort nozzles. For a rated 3,600 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 65kW, Stamford generator sets. Driven by two, Caterpillar 3304 diesel engines. The tug's capacities are 49,000 gallons of fuel oil, and 4,000 gallons of potable water.

The towing gear consists of a double drum, Markey TDS-20, towing winch. Outfitted with 1,620(ft) of 1.75(in) towing wire on the primary drum. And, 1,200(ft) of 1.75(in) towing wire on the secondary drum. Driven by a dedicated Detroit Inline 3-71 diesel engine.


  • Vessel Name: CAPTAIN WILLIE LANDERS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1108809
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDA5403
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 118
  • Ship Builder: THOMA-SEA BOAT BLDRS INC
  • Year Built: 2001
  • Length: 73.7
  • Hailing Port: TAMPA, FL.
  • Hull Depth: 11.7
  • Hull Breadth: 27
  • Gross Tonnage: 84
  • Net Tonnage: 69
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    M-2, CROSBY SKIPPER
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Massie Towing Co., OFFSHORE RIG MOVING LLC, TUG WILLIE INC