JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – American Commercial Lines announced this week that it launched the first in a series of tanker barges to be constructed at its Jeffboat manufacturing facility through 2012 to replace retiring fleet capacity. The new barges will improve the age profile and quality of ACL’s fleet, according to a press release.
The first of these barges, launched on May 10, was a clean service tank barge with a capacity of 30,000 bbls. It includes a redesigned stainless steel piping system and a new radial rake design that will also be found on the tankers the ACL plans to build over the next 20 months.
“We are excited to have launched the first of the new replacement tankers that we will be building this year and next to significantly improve the quality of our liquids fleet for our customers,” ACL president and CEO Mike Ryan said in a release. “Investing in our fleet is one of the strategic business initiatives ACL is executing to achieve new levels of service and innovation. Our tanker barge build program demonstrates our commitment to meeting the long-term needs of our liquids customers.”
ACL is an integrated marine transportation and service company owned by Platinum Equity and operating in the U.S. Jones Act trades. The company has approximately 2,400 employees and operates a fleet of 110 towboats and 2,400 barges.