On Jan. 6, 2014, construction began on a new barge fleeting terminal in Victoria, Texas. The development of the fleet is a public/private partnership between the Port of Victoria, Texas, and Victoria Fleet, an affiliate of Devall Towing & Boat Services of Hackberry. The fleet was designed by Urban Engineering with construction contracted to Affolter Contracting Company, Inc. The fleet will be operated and managed by Victoria Fleet.

Once the project is completed in July, 50 inland barges will be able to dock along the fleet which will have approximately 1,800' of frontage, 500' of depth dredged to a depth of 12'. The new fleet, a secured area in accordance with United States Coast Guard regulations, will offer barge fleeting services, shifting and inland boat support.

“We are excited about working with the Port of Victoria on this project, and look forward to a long-standing relationship with the Victoria community,” said Matt Devall, chief financial officer of Devall Towing.

The public is invited to the official groundbreaking ceremony to be held 10:00 a.m., Feb. 14, 2014, at theVictoria fleet site.