After slightly more than 14 months undergoing a refit at Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair in Erie, YANKEE departed Erie at 1645 on Saturday bound for her new assignment on the ocean. The tug, owned by a partnership between Donjon Marine and Seacor, is reportedly going to work in the trade lanes between Florida and Puerto Rico. What sort of work that entails remains to be seen; however, the lack of a raised pilothouse after the refit indicates it likely won't be pushing barges, but rather towing. Her refit including repowering and refurbishment of the tug's accomodations.
YANKEE backing away from the West Slip this afternoon.
Outbound for the channel.
Side view. The 1977-built tug is now owned by Seajon II, LLC, a partnership between Donjon Marine and Seacor. Seajon LLC owns the KEN BOOTHE SR/LAKES CONTENDER.
The tug is without the large upper pilothouse it carried for most of it's career while it pushed oil barges.
YANKEE as she appeared on arrival in Erie on October 9, 2013.