Hercules

Hercules – El Bronco Grande – Craig Eric Reinauer – Albert

1979-Present

Articulated Tugboat, INTERCON Coupler; Paired with Barge Margaret

Albert / Margaret at Green Bay, Wisconsin, August 31, 2019. Photo by Isaac Pennock

Specs

Build Information

Year Built: 1979

Builder: American Gulf Shipyard, Harvey, LA

Hull #142

Registry: US 609156

IMO #7517686

Laid Down: 1979

Launch Date: 1979

Commissioned: 1981

Paired Barges:

Construction

Albert was constructed in 1979 by American Gulf Shipbuilding of Harvey, Louisiana, as the conventional tugboat Hercules. She was not fully completed in 1979, and laid idle at the shipyard until purchased by Tidewater Marine, who had her completed in 1981. She was extensively reconstructed in 2007-2008 for service pushing articulated barges.

Modifications

  • Engine and hull refit, Bollinger Shipyards, Morgan City, Louisiana, 2007.
  • Upper pilothouse added, Bollinger Shipyards, Morgan City, Louisiana, 2007.
  • Repowered, SENESCO Marine, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 2008.
  • INTERCON ATB Coupler installed, SENESCO Marine, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 2008.

General Stats

Length Overall [Combined Tug & Barge]: —

Length Overall [Tug]: 114’05”

Breadth: 35’00”

Depth: 18’08”

Vessel Type: Articulated Tugboat

Propellers: 2

Rudders: 2


Engineering Equipment

Original

Engine

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Denmark

Engine Model: 14V23LU

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 4080 BHP


Repower – 2008

Engine Type: Diesel Engine

Engine Manufacturer: General Motors Electro Motive Division, Chicago, IL

Engine Model: 12-645-E7C

Number of Engines: 2

Rated HP: 4000 BHP


History

Lineage

Hercules – 1979-1981

Owner: American Gulf Shipyard, Harvey, LA

Operator: —

Flag: United States

Home Port: —


El Bronco Grande – 1981-2006

Owner: Tidewater Marine Inc., New Orleans, LA

Operator: Tidewater Marine

Flag: United States

Home Port: New Orleans, LA


Craig Eric Reinauer – 2006-2018

Owner: Reinauer Transportation, Staten Island, NY

Operator: Reinauer Transportation

Flag: United States

Home Port: New York, NY


Albert – 2018-Present

Owner: U.S. Oil Inc., Appleton, WI

Operator: Andrie, Inc., Muskegon, MI

Flag: United States

Home Port: Green Bay, WI


Her Story

Albert was constructed in 1979 by American Gulf Shipbuilding of Harvey, Louisiana, as the conventional tugboat Hercules. She was not fully completed in 1979, and laid idle at the shipyard until purchased by Tidewater Marine, who had her completed in 1981. Tidewater renamed her El Bronco Grande.

El Bronco Grande operated in the Gulf of Mexico, supporting the offshore oil industry. She was laid up at Bollinger Shipyards in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1999. She was purchased by Reinauer Transportation in 2006, and shifted to the Bollinger shipyard in Morgan City, Louisiana, where she underwent a major refit. While in the shipyard, her exterior fittings were replaced, hull and deck equipment reconditioned, and a new upper pilothouse constructed. She was renamed Craig Eric Reinauer.

After the completion of her refit at Bollinger, she was taken to SENESCO Marine in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, where she was repowered with new GM EMD Diesel engines and an INTERCON ATB coupler system installed. She entered service later in the 2008 season, operating with ATB’s in the Reinauer fleet.

In 2018, the Craig Eric Reinauer and her fleetmate barge RTC 101 were purchased by U.S. Oil of Appleton, Wisconsin, and brought onto the Great Lakes. Craig Eric Reinauer was renamed Albert, and her barge was renamed Margaret. The pair are operated by Andrie, Inc., transporting petroleum products between Green Bay, Wisconsin, and several other Great Lakes ports.


Compiled By Brendan Falkowski

Updated on February 3, 2021


Gallery


Sources

Kauffman, John. “Albert”. Tugboat Information. N.d. Accessed 3 February 2021. <http://tugboatinformation.com/tug.cfm?id=10305>

Pennock, Isaac. “Albert”. Great Lakes Tugs & Workboats. N.d. Accessed 3 February 2021. <https://gltugs.wordpress.com/albert/>