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NORTH WIND

Built in 1979, by the Louis G. Ortis Boat Company of Krotz Springs, Louisiana (hull #57) as the Tony Sr. for Tony Industries Incorporated of Gretna, Louisiana.

In 1985, the tug was acquired by the Pontchartrain Materials Corporation of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Capt. Fred.

In 1991, she was acquired by the Eckstein Marine Service Incorporated of Harahan, Louisiana. Where the tug was renamed as the Randy Eckstein.

In 1993, the Eckstein Marine Service Incorporated renamed the tug as the Alix Anne.

In 1994, the Eckstein Marine Service Incorporated renamed the tug as the Pat Salvaggio.

In 2006, she was acquired by Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the North Wind.

Repowered in 2002, the tug is driven by two Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears, at a ratio of 7:1. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 1,250 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: NORTH WIND
  • USCG Doc. No.: 614577
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8635851
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WYZ7450
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 57
  • Ship Builder: LOUIS G. ORTIS BOAT CO.
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Length: 63
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 9.6
  • Hull Breadth: 24.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 137
  • Net Tonnage: 93
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DRIVE SUITE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Tony, Sr., Capt. Fred, RANDY ECKSTEIN, ALIX ANNE, PAT SALVAGGIO
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Tony Industries Inc., Pontchartrain Materials Corp., ECKSTEIN MARINE SERVICE LLC, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP