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WES BORDELON
Pictured as: the American Contender (American Workboats) Photo by: John Wilson

Built in 1966, by Main Iron Works Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #158) as the Wes Bordelon for Compass Marine Incorporated of Mobile, Alabama

In 1988, the tug was acquired by the Belle Pass Towing Company of Golden Meadow, Louisiana. Where the she was renamed as the Lady Neva.

In 1996, she was acquired by American Workboats Incorporated of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where the tug was renamed as the American Contender.

She is twin screw tug. Rated at 2,000 horsepower.
(Perry Comeaux, Captain Rick Wilson)


  • Vessel Name: WES BORDELON
  • USCG Doc. No.: 502231
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8842284
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WBO8595
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 158
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS
  • Year Built: 1966
  • Length: 86
  • Hailing Port: HONOLULU, HI.
  • Hull Depth: 9.1
  • Hull Breadth: 27
  • Gross Tonnage: 146
  • Net Tonnage: 99
  • Owner:
    AMERICAN WORKBOATS INC
    65 NORTH NIMITZ HWY
    HONOLULU, HI 96817
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    WES BORDELON, Lady Neva
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Compass Marine Inc., Belle Pass Towing Co., AMERICAN WORKBOATS INC, AMERICAN WORKBOATS INC