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LOU NATARO
Photo by: Captain Ted

Built in 1979, by Verret Shipyard Incorporated of Plaquemine, Louisiana (hull #32) as the O.O. Griffin for Coastal Towing Incorporated of Houston, Texas.

In 2002, the tug was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Lou Nataro.

Repowered in 2009, she is driven by two Cummins K38 diesel engines. With Caterpillar reduction gears, at a ratio of 4.22:1. The tug is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 2,000 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: LOU NATARO
  • USCG Doc. No.: 602095
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2714
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 32
  • Ship Builder: Verret Shipyard
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Length: 80.9
  • Hailing Port: HOUSTON, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 11.2
  • Hull Breadth: 28.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 289
  • Net Tonnage: 196
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DRIVE STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    O.O. GRIFFIN
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    COASTAL TOWING INC HOUSTON, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP