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LAVACA (1980)
Photo by: Foggy

Built in 1980, by D and L Incorporated of Greenville, Mississippi (hull #5) as the Paul D. for the Intracoastal Marine Company Incorporated of Houston, Texas.

In 1996, the tug was acquired by Dixie Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Lavaca.

In 1998, she was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2016, the tug was acquired by D and S Marine Services of Houma, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Michelle Elise.

She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 1,200 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: LAVACA (1980)
  • USCG Doc. No.: 626298
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2710
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 5
  • Ship Builder: D. L. Inc.
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Length: 64.4
  • Hailing Port: HOUMA, LA.
  • Hull Depth: 7.2
  • Hull Breadth: 26
  • Gross Tonnage: 121
  • Net Tonnage: 82
  • Owner:
    D & S LAVACA LLC
    222 TRINITY LANE
    GRAY, LA 70359
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    PAUL D., LAVACA, LAVACA, LAVACA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Intracoastal Marine Co. Inc., Dixie Marine Inc., KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP A DELAWARE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, D & S LAVACA LLC, D & S LAVACA LLC, D & S LAVACA LLC, D & S LAVACA LLC