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PALOMINO
Photo by: Tord Avsnes Saele

Built in 1978, by Balehi Marine Incorporated of Lacombe, Louisiana (hull #13) as the Sidney Bourg for the RLB Boat Company Incorporated of Harvey, Louisiana.

In 1988, the tug was acquired by Lodestar Towing Incorporated of Cut Off, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Compass Cove.

In 1989, she was acquired by the Western Towing Company of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Palomino.

In 2004, the tug was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where she retained her name.

Repowered in 2001, she is driven by two Volvo TAMD-122A diesel engines. With Twin Disc reduction gears, at a ratio of 6:1. The tug is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: PALOMINO
  • USCG Doc. No.: 596326
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2683
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 13
  • Ship Builder: BALEHI MARINE INC
  • Year Built: 1978
  • Length: 53.2
  • Hailing Port: HOUSTON, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 7.6
  • Hull Breadth: 22.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 85
  • Net Tonnage: 58
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DR STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    SIDNEY BOURG, Compass Cove
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    RLB Boat Co., Lodestar Towing Inc., Western Towing Co., 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