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GULF WIND
Pictured as: the Bill S. (Bisso Towboat) Photo by: Paul Sullivan

Built in 1970, by Main Iron Works Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #232) as the Gulf Wind for Gulf Mississippi Marine Incorporated of Houston, Texas.

In 1978, Gulf Mississippi Marine Incorporated became Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated. Where the tug retained her name.

In 1985, Zapata Marine Service, Gulf Fleet Marine Incorporated, and Jackson Marine Services merged to form Zapata Gulf Marine Service Incorporated of Houston, Texas.

In 1989, the tug was acquired by the Bisso Towboat Company Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Bill S.

In 2020, she was acquired by Midnight Marine Holdings Limited of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Where the tug retained her name.

She was a twin screw tug, outfitted with kort nozzles, rated at 4,200 horsepower. Her towing gear consisted of a double drum towing machine.
(Captain Eric Takakjian, Kyle Stubbs, Scott Slatten)


  • Vessel Name: GULF WIND
  • USCG Doc. No.: 526609
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7030963
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDC3383
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 232
  • Ship Builder: MAIN IRON WORKS
  • Year Built: 1970
  • Length: 91.5
  • Hull Depth: 9.7
  • Hull Breadth: 26.8
  • Gross Tonnage: 188
  • Net Tonnage: 127
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    GULF WIND, BILL S.
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Gulf Mississippi Marine Inc., Gulf Fleet Marine Inc., Zapata Gulf Marine Inc., BISSO TOWBOAT COMPANY INC.