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EL PASO

Built in 1972, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #261) as the National Goal for National Marine Service Incorporated of Stafford, Texas.

In 1985, the tug was sold. Where she was renamed as the Compass Goal.

In 1990, she was acquired by Dixie Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the El Paso.

In 1997, the tug was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas, Where she retained her name.

Repowered in 1991, the tug is driven by two Caterpillar 3508 diesel engines. With Caterpillar reduction gears, at a ratio of 4.75:1. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 1,400 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: EL PASO
  • USCG Doc. No.: 538582
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2687
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 261
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS
  • Year Built: 1972
  • Length: 71.2
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 10.2
  • Hull Breadth: 24.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 159
  • Net Tonnage: 108
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DR STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    National Goal, Compass Goal
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    National Marine Service Inc., Dixie Marine Inc., KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP A DELAWARE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP