Built in 1976, by Halter Marine Services of New Orleans, Louisiana (hull #492) as the Mister Jim for the Jackson Marine Corporation of Houston, Texas.

Jackson Marine was owned by the Halliburton Corporation of Houston, Texas. The company owned a total of ninety vessels. Consisting mainly of offshore tugs, and supply vessels. With some chemical transport and some well stimulation vessels.

Jackson Marine Corporation later merged with Zapata Gulf Marine of Houston, Texas and Gulf Fleet of Houston, Texas. The company became the largest shipping company in the world with a total of four hundred fifteen vessels. Tidewater Incorporated of New Orleans, Louisiana at that time had about two hundred seventy five vessels.

In the fall of 1986, Seahorse Marine of Lockport, Louisiana merged into Zapata Gulf Marine adding an additional ninety vessels to the fleet.

Seahorse Marine had been founded by the Arthur Levey family as Arthur Levey Boat Company after World War II. The company was later acquired by Petrolane Natural Gas of Belding, Mississippi. Where the company was renamed Seahorse Marine. In 1985, Petrolane was acquired by Texas Eastern of Houston, Texas. Which was a larger natural gas company. However, in the fall of 1986, Texas Eastern traded the company to Zapata Gulf Marine for an exchange of stock.

On January 15th of 1992 Zapata Gulf merged with Tidewater Marine of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The tug was later transferred to Tidewater De Mexico, where the tug was renamed as the El Robalo Grande. However, she has been reported as “laid up”

She was a twin screw tug rated at 5,600 horsepower.
(Captain Eric Takakjian)


  • Vessel Name: MISTER JIM
  • USCG Doc. No.: 573727
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • IMO Number: 7417410
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: XCBR
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 492
  • Year Built: 1976
  • Length: 110
  • Hailing Port: CARMEN, CAM, MEXICO
  • Hull Breadth: 34.2
  • Gross Tonnage: 170
  • Net Tonnage: 115
  • Owner:
    Care of Tidewater Marine LLC
    Suite 1900
    Pan American Life Center
    601 Poydras Street,
    New Orleans LA 70130-6040, USA.
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    Mister Jim, El Robalo Grande
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    JACKSON MARINE CORP, Gulf Fleet, Zapata Gulf, Tidewater Marine, TIDEWATER DE MEXICO S DE RL