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CAPT. RONNIE PAYNE
Photo by: Sam Draye

Built in 1981, by Rayco Shipbuilders and Repairs of Bourg, Louisiana (hull #82) as the Chronicle for Velvet Marine Systems Incorporated of Hahnville, Louisiana.

In 1987, the tug was acquired by the Anthony J. Bertucci Construction Company Incorporated of Jefferson, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Miss Nyda.

In 1990, she was acquired by Ingram Barge Company of Nashville, Tennessee. Where the tug was renamed as the David O'Neill.

In 1994, the tug was acquired by Coastal Towing Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Karly New.

In 2002, she was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Capt. Ronnie Payne.

Powered by two, GM 16V-149 diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears, at a ratio of 7:1. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 1,800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: CAPT. RONNIE PAYNE
  • USCG Doc. No.: 635747
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2586
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 82
  • Ship Builder: RAYCO SHIPBUILDERS & REPAIRS, INC
  • Year Built: 1981
  • Length: 75
  • Hailing Port: HOUSTON, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 10.7
  • Hull Breadth: 30
  • Gross Tonnage: 168
  • Net Tonnage: 114
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DRIVE STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Chronicle, Miss Nyda, DAVID O'NEILL, KARLY NEW
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Velvet Marine Systems Inc., Anthony J. Bertucci Construction Co., Ingram Towing Co., COASTAL TOWING INC, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP