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JO ANN EDWARDS
Photo by: Captain Ted

Built in 1980, by the Louis G. Ortis Boat Company Krotz Springs, Louisiana (hull #107) as the Miss Norma for JNT Fleet Incorporated of Metairie, Louisiana.

In 1987, the tug was acquired by the Barge Transport Company Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where she was renamed as the Jo Ann Edwards.

In 1997, she was acquired by Martin Gas Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2003, the tug was chartered to the Tenn-Tom Towing Company of Mobile, Alabama. Where she retained her name.

In 2006, she was returned to Martin Midstream Partnership Incorporated of Vidor, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

Powered by two, GM 12V-71 diesel engines, with Twin Disc reduction gears, at ratio of 6:1. She is a twin screw towboat, rated at 800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: JO ANN EDWARDS
  • USCG Doc. No.: 630572
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 8644412
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted
  • Call Sign: WDB2349
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 107
  • Ship Builder: Louis G. Ortis Boat Co.
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Length: 55.8
  • Hailing Port: HOUSTON, TX.
  • Hull Depth: 9.2
  • Hull Breadth: 24.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 129
  • Net Tonnage: 87
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Miss Norma, Jo Ann Edwards
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    JNT Fleet Inc. Barge Transport Co. Inc., Martin Gas Marine Inc., Tenn-Tom Towing Inc., Martin Operating Partnership LP