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Built in 2006, by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders Incorporated of Houma, Louisiana (hull #126) as the Chesapeake for the Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

However, construction was initially begun for Odyssea Vessels Incorporated of Berwick, Louisiana. When the deal unraveled. The Vane Brothers Company of Baltimore, Maryland acquired the unfinished tug from Thoma-Sea Boat Builders.

Although, she was slightly larger variation on the Patapsco class tug design. Upon her completion, she was the third Patapsco class tug designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates of Houma, Louisiana. And constructed by Thoma-Sea Boat Builders for the Vane Brothers Company.

She was originally named for the Chesapeake Bay which is an estuary lying inland from the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is the largest such body in the United States. More than one hundred and fifty rivers and streams flow into the bay's 64,299 square miles drainage basin. Which covers parts of six states (New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia.

At approximately 200 miles long from its northern headwaters in the Susquehanna River to its outlet in the Atlantic Ocean. It is 2.8 miles wide at its narrowest (between Kent County's Plum Point near Newtown and the Harford County shore near Romney Creek) and 30 miles at its widest (just south of the mouth of the Potomac River). Total shoreline including tributaries is 11,684 miles. Representing a surface area of 4,479 square miles. And, an average depth is 46 feet, reaching a maximum of 208 feet.

In 2017, the tug was acquired by the Poling-Cutler Marine Transportation Company of Freehold, New Jersey. Where she was renamed as the Kristin Poling.

Powered by two, Caterpillar 3516B diesel engines. With Reintjes WAF 872 reduction gears. Turning two, 97(in), fixed pitch, propellers. Mounted in CNF, Type 37, kort nozzles. She is a twin screw tug, rated at 5,000 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two, 75kW, Caterpillar 3306 generator sets. The tug's capacities are 72,310 gallons of fuel, 1,332 gallons of lube oil, and 7,390 gallons of water.

Her towing gear consists of an INTERcon, double drum, towing winch. Driven by a dedicated John Deere diesel engine.

  • Vessel Name: KRISTIN POLING
  • USCG Doc. No.: 1179822
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 9378759
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD3041
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 126
  • Year Built: 2006
  • Length: 111.2
  • Hailing Port: NEW YORK, NY.
  • Hull Depth: 16.7
  • Hull Breadth: 36
  • Gross Tonnage: 213
  • Net Tonnage: 145
  • Previous Vessel Names:
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Thoma-Sea Shipbuilders Inc., VANE LINE BUNKERING INC