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MISTER CHIP
Pictured as: the Tropical Star (Tropical Shipping) Photo by: Denis Brouwer

Built in 1970, by Halter Marine Incorporated of Lockport, Louisiana (hull #221) as the Mister Chip for the Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas.

The Jackson Marine Corporation was owned by the Halliburton Corporation of Houston, Texas. The company owned a total of ninety vessels. Consisting mainly of offshore tugs, and supply vessels. With some chemical transport and well stimulation vessels.

In 1985, Zapata Marine Service, Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated, and Jackson Marine Services merged to form Zapata Gulf Marine Service Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1987, the tug was sold to interests based in Singapore. Where she was renamed as the Recovery VI.

In 2001, she eventually acquired by the Tropical Shipping and Trading Company of Singapore. Where the tug was renamed as the Tropical Star.

She was a twin screw tug, rated at 1,700 horsepower.
(Captain Eric Takakjian, Kyle Stubbs)


  • Vessel Name: MISTER CHIP
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 70475900
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: V3RF3
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 221
  • Ship Builder: HALTER MARINE SERVICE INC
  • Year Built: 1969
  • Length: 92.6
  • Hailing Port: Belize
  • Hull Depth: 12.9
  • Hull Breadth: 28.5
  • Gross Tonnage: 290
  • Net Tonnage: 100
  • Owner:
    TROPICAL SHIPPING & TRADING CO
    Yong Siak Court
    13 Yong Siak Street
    Singapore
    168647
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Mister Chip
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Jackson Marine Corp., Zapata Gulf Marine Inc., Tidewater Marine Inc.