Built in 1967, by Jacksonville Shipyards of Jacksonville, Florida (hull #647) as the Esso Empire State for the Esso Shipping Company of Wilmington, Delaware.
In 1972, the Esso Shipping Company became the Exxon Shipping Company of Wilmington, Delaware. Where the tug initially retained her name. However in 1973, the tug was renamed as the Exxon Empire State.
In 1993, the Exxon Shipping Company merged with the Mobil Oil Corporation of New York, New York. To form SeaRiver Maritime of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the S/R Empire State.
In 1998, she was acquired by the Conoco Phillips Company of Houston, Texas. For service at their Bayway facility in Linden, New Jersey. Where she was renamed as the Empire State. She worked performing spot assist and escort work.
In 2006, the tug was acquired by McAllister Towing and Transportation of New York, New York. Where she was renamed the McAllister Responder.
Powered by two Caterpillar 12-D398 turbo diesel engines, with Lufkin reduction gears at a ratio of 7.14:1. She is a twin screw tug, with kort nozzles and flanking rudders. Rated at 1,800 horsepower.
Her capacities are 26,670 gallons of fuel oil, 628 gallons of lube oil, and 3,480 gallons of water. The tug features two fire monitors rated at 1,500 Gallons Per Minute, with a "throw" Range of 220(ft). She has a foam storage capacity of 2,000 gallons, and a nozzle capacity of 1,225 Gallons Per Minute. The tug was equipped with 2,500(ft) of spill response oil containment boom. The Oil Spill Boom, had a nominal draft of 10(in) and a nominal draft of 16(in) and is buoyant up to (lb/ft) 41 lbs. and a tensile Strength of 36,500(lbs). However in 2009, McAllister Towing removed the containment boom spool.
(Robert Silva, Auke Visser)