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GULF VENTURE
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Built in 2016, by Conrad Shipyard Incorporated of Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #1108) as the Gulf Venture for the John W. Stone Oil Distributors of Cut Off, Louisiana.

Fitted with an INTERcon "C" coupler system. She is powered by two, Caterpillar 3516C-HD diesel engines. With Reintjes GMBH WAF 1173 reduction gears, at a ratio of 7.046:1. Turning two, Padgett Swann Machinery, fixed pitch, stainless steel, ABS grade CF-3, propellers. For a rated 5,150 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by three 150 kW Marathon 431PSL6254 generator sets. The tug's capacities are 49,400 gallons of fuel, 2,065 gallons of lube oil, 435 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 11,491 gallons of potable water.

She is "married" to the 399(ft), 74(ft), by 30(ft), 80,000(bbl) barge the Gulf Carrier. That was constructed simultaneously at Conrad Shipyard in Morgan City, Louisiana (hull #1086) as the Gulf Carrier for the John W. Stone Oil Distributors of Cut Off, Louisiana. The barge is also fitted with a Thrustmaster retractable azimuthing thruster rated at 750 horsepower.

In 2016, Harley Marine Services Incorporated of Seattle, Washington. Was contracted to man, and operate the unit.

In 2018, the unit was returned to John W. Stone Oil Distributors of Cut Off, Louisiana. Where she retained her name.


  • Vessel Name: GULF VENTURE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1258773
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9776597
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDH9400
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 1108
  • Ship Builder: CONRAD SHIPYARD INC.
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Length: 115.2
  • Hailing Port: NEW ORLEANS, LA.
  • Hull Depth: 18.2
  • Hull Breadth: 39.8
  • Gross Tonnage: 420
  • Net Tonnage: 285
  • Owner:
    C-STONE LLC
    16201 EAST MAIN STREET
    CUT OFF, LA 70345
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    C-STONE LLC