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EL TORO GRANDE II
Pictured as: the Crosby Venture (Crosby Marine) Photo by: Michael Martin

Built in 1976, by the Nashville Bridge Company of Nashville, Tennessee (hull #2486) as the El Toro Grande for Tidewater Marine Services Incorporated New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 1977, the tug was acquired by Otto Candies Incorporated of Des Allemands, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Otto Candies.

In 1986, she was acquired by Tidewater Marine Services Incorporated of New Orleans. Where she was renamed as the El Toro Grande II.

In 2003, the tug was acquired by the Crosby Marine Transportation Company Golden Meadow, Louisiana. Where she was renamed as the Crosby Venture.

In 2020, she was phased out of active service and was "laid up" at Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Powered by two, EMD 16-645CE5 diesel engines. With Western Gear 360PCMBH reduction gears. Turning two, 132(in) by 96.5(in), four bladed, fixed pitch propellers. She was a twin screw tug, rated 5,570 horsepower.

Her electrical service was provided by two, 75kW, generator sets. Driven by two, GM DD 6V-71 diesel engines. The tug's capacities were 102,330 gallons of fuel, 2,600 gallons of lube oil, 3,900 gallons of water, and 41,900 gallons of cargo water.

The towing equipment consisted of a double drum, Markey TDSD-28, side-by-side, towing winch. Outfitted with 2,300(ft) of 2.3(in) towing wire on each drum.


  • Vessel Name: EL TORO GRANDE II
  • USCG Doc. No.: 577747
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7416959
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD4454
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 2486
  • Ship Builder: NASHVILLE BRIDGE COMPANY
  • Year Built: 1976
  • Length: 115.2
  • Hailing Port: NEW ORLEANS, LA.
  • Hull Depth: 13.6
  • Hull Breadth: 33.1
  • Gross Tonnage: 191
  • Net Tonnage: 130
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    El Toro Grande, Otto Candies, EL TORO GRANDE II, CROSBY VENTURE
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    TWENTY GRAND OFFSHORE INC, Otto Candies LLC, CROSBY MARINE TRANSPORTATION LLC