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GULF RUNNER
Pictured as: the Nakoa (Sause Brothers) Photo by: Kyle Stubbs

Built in 1975, by the Service Machine and Shipbuilding Company of Amelia, Louisiana (hull #115) as the Capt. Sam for the Fonteneau and Smith Boat Company of Morgan City, Louisiana.

In 1978, the Fonteneau and Smith Boat Company was acquired by Newpark Marine Services of The Woodlands, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Newpark Sunrise.

In 1983, she was acquired by the Gulf Fleet Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Gulf Runner.

In 1985, Zapata Marine Service, Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated, and Jackson Marine Services merged to form Zapata Gulf Marine Service Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1992, Zapata Gulf Marine Incorporated merged with Tidewater Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2006, the tug was acquired by the tug was acquired by the Sause Brothers Ocean Towing Company of Portland, Oregon. Where she was renamed as the Nakoa.

In 2006, she was "laid up" at Coos Bay, Oregon. Where the tug was placed in a reserve status, and used for parts. She was a twin screw tug, rated at 6,000 horsepower.
(Bruce Fizell, Captain Eric Takakjian, Kyle Stubbs)


  • Vessel Name: GULF RUNNER
  • USCG Doc. No.: 565766
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7409580
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WYT9413
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 115
  • Ship Builder: Service Machine & Shipbuilding Co.
  • Year Built: 1975
  • Length: 127.7
  • Hailing Port: PORTLAND, OR.
  • Hull Depth: 16.7
  • Hull Breadth: 34.8
  • Gross Tonnage: 163
  • Net Tonnage: 111
  • Owner:
    SAUSE BROS INC
    3710 NW FRONT AVENUE
    PORTLAND, OR 97210
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    CAPT. SAM, NEWPARK SUNRISE, GULF RUNNER
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    F&S Boat Corp., Newpark Marine Services Inc., Gulf Fleet Marine Corp., Zapata Gulf Marine Inc., TT BOAT CORPORATION, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC, SAUSE BROS INC