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GULF HUSTLER
Pictured as: the Janice Ann Reinauer (Reinauer) Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1967, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #167) as the Gulf Hustler for Gulf Mississippi Marine Marine of Houston, Texas.

In 1978, Gulf Mississippi Marine became Gulf Fleet. And the company was owned first by Pott Industries of St. Louis, Missouri. And, then by Houston Natural Gas Houston, Texas.

Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas would later merge with Zapata Gulf Marine of Houston, Texas, as well as Gulf Fleet of Houston, Texas. The company became the largest shipping company in the world with a total of four hundred fifteen vessels. Tidewater Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana at that time had about two hundred seventy five vessels.

In the fall of 1986, Seahorse Marine of Lockport, Louisiana merged into Zapata Gulf Marine adding an additional ninety vessels to the fleet.

Seahorse Marine had been founded by the Arthur Levey family as Arthur Levey Boat Company after World War II. The company was later acquired by Petrolane Natural Gas of Belding, Mississippi. Where the company was renamed Seahorse Marine. In 1985, Petrolane was acquired by Texas Eastern of Houston, Texas. Which was a larger natural gas company. However, in the fall of 1986, Texas Eastern traded the company to Zapata Gulf Marine for an exchange of stock.

The tug was eventually acquired by Reinauer Transportation Companies of Staten Island, New York. Where she was renamed as the Janice Ann Reinauer.

With the purchase of the tug came the adoption of Reinauer's signature "Peanut Butter and Jelly" paint scheme. This was the the paint scheme of the tug's previous owners. After her acquisition by Reinauer chose to adopt the paint scheme as their own, replacing the solid red deck houses.

In 2011, the tug was acquired by Runner Marine Limited, a division of Capital Oil and Gas Industries limited of Lagos, Nigeria. Where the tug was renamed as the Charly.

Powered by two Detroit 16v 149t diesel engines, she was a twin screw tug rated at 2,200 horsepower.
(Harold E. Tartell, Harry Roth, Captain Eric Takakjian)


  • Vessel Name: GULF HUSTLER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 0506811
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 08987010
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WCW8833
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 167
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS, INC.
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Length: 82
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY
  • Hull Depth: 10.8
  • Hull Breadth: 24
  • Gross Tonnage: 149
  • Net Tonnage: 101
  • Owner:
    Care of Capital Oil & Gas Industries Ltd
    1 Capital Oil Close
    Westminster IBRU Jetty Complex
    Ipafon
    Apapa, Lagos
    102241
    Nigeria
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Gulf Hustler, JANICE ANN REINAUER
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Gulf Mississippi Marine, Zapata Marine, REINAUER TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES LLC