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FRANK W. BANTA
Photo by: Captain Ted

Built in 2007, by Rodriguez Boat Builders Incorporated Bayou LaBatre, Alabama (hull #255) as the Frank W. Banta for Chem Carriers Incorporated of Sunshine, Louisiana.

In 2013, the tug was acquired by Genesis Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Brian Lee Teste.

Powered by two, Cummins KTA38-M2 diesel engines. The tug was later re powered with two, Cummins QSK 38 diesel engines. With Guascor reduction gears, at a ratio of 7:1. Turning two, 82(in) by 79In), stainless steel propellers, mounted in kort nozzles, with flanking rudders. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 2,600 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 99kW generator sets. Driven by two, John Deere diesel generators. The tug's capacities are 29,000 gallons of fuel.


  • Vessel Name: FRANK W. BANTA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1207590
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDH2656
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 255
  • Ship Builder: RODRIGUEZ BOAT BUILDERS INC
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Length: 76.6
  • Hailing Port: HOUSTON, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 11
  • Hull Breadth: 30
  • Gross Tonnage: 168
  • Net Tonnage: 114
  • Owner:
    GENESIS MARINE LLC
    919 MILAM STREET SUITE 2100
    HOUSTON, TX 77002
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    FRANK W BANTA, FRANK W BANTA, MV BRIAN LEE TESTE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Chem Carriers LLC., M/V FRANK LLC, M/V FRANK LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC, GENESIS MARINE LLC