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DIXIE EXPRESS
Photo by: Sam Draye

Built in 1977, by Superior Boat Works of Greenville, Mississippi (hull #129) as the Barbara Brent for the Brent Transportation Company of Greenville, Mississippi.

In 1989, the tug was acquired by Dixie Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Dixie Express.

In 1996, she was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

Powered by two, GM 8-567CR diesel engines. She is a twin screw, square bow, push boat. Rated at 1,800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: DIXIE EXPRESS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 586008
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDC2672
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 129
  • Ship Builder: Superior Boat Works
  • Year Built: 1977
  • Length: 87.1
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 8.3
  • Hull Breadth: 26.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 203
  • Net Tonnage: 102
  • Owner:
    KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP
    55 WAUGH DRIVE STE 1000
    HOUSTON, TX 77007
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Barbara Brent
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Brent Towing Co. Inc., Dixie Marine Inc., KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP, KIRBY INLAND MARINE LP