Built in 1976, by Halter Marine Services Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana (hull #492) as the Mister Jim 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 1992, Zapata Gulf Marine Incorporated merged with Tidewater Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.
In 1993, Tidewater Marine Services Incorporated renamed the tug as the El Robalo Grande.
In 2012, the tug was scrapped. She was twin screw, rated at 5,600 horsepower.
(Captain Eric Takakjian)