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COMET
Photo by: Birk Thomas

Built in 1977, by Modern Marine Power Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #16) as the Clarion.

In 1978, the tug was acquired by Gulf International Marine Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Gil Hebert.

In 1997, she was acquired by Richard Bludworth of Houston, Texas. Where the tug was renamed as the Gulf Comet.

In 1999, the tug was acquired by the Dann Ocean Towing Company of Tampa, Florida. Where she was renamed as the Comet.

Powered by two, EMD 12-645-E7B diesel engines. With Reintjes WAV 2600 reduction gears. Turning two, 116(in) by 99(in), five bladed, fixed pitch propellers. For a rated 4,610 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 75kW Delco generator sets. Driven by two, Detroit Diesel 6V-71 diesel engines. The tug's capacities are 115,433 gallons of fuel, 364 gallons of hydraulic oil, 364 gallons of lube oil, 364 gallons of gear oil, 1,421 gallons of potable water (supplemented with watermaker), 12,610 gallons of wash water, 3,105 gallons of sewage, and 1,360 gallons of waste oil.

The towing gear consists of a double drum, INTERcon, 7319-1E-00, towing winch. Outfitted with 2,000(ft) of 2(in) towing wire on the primary drum. With 2,000(ft) of 2(in) towing wire on the secondary drum.


  • Vessel Name: COMET
  • USCG Doc. No.: 580823
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7726550
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WCZ3965
  • Hull Material: 16
  • Hull Number: STEEL
  • Ship Builder: MODERN MARINE POWER, INC.
  • Year Built: 1977
  • Length: 108.4
  • Hailing Port: WILMINGTON, DE.
  • Hull Depth: 16.7
  • Hull Breadth: 32
  • Gross Tonnage: 193
  • Net Tonnage: 131
  • Owner:
    COMET TOWING COMPANY
    3670 S WESTSHORE BLVD
    TAMPA, FL 33629
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Clarion, GIL HEBERT, GULF COMET, "COMET"
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
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