Inland Marine Service Inc., Hebron, Ky., has launched a new tankering and plant service division called Inland Marine Tankering LLC.

“Two years ago, IMS began diversifying into other marine related business segments. In addition to vessel management, planned maintenance, compliance management, harbor services and liquid operations, we now have tankering services to offer our current and future customers,” IMS president Dave Hammond said in announcing the new venture this week.

IMS partnered with Third Coast Tankering LLC, Baytown, Texas, headed by Shawn Hantz, to form the new company. “Shawn Hantz brings many years of safe transfers, integrity and knowledge to Inland Marine Tankering,” Hammond said.

The new division's services include loading and unloading liquid tank barges, in-plant services for refineries and third party facilities, and customized training programs.

Among the largest U.S. inland vessel management companies, IMS employs more than 700 mariners at operations in Paducah, Ky., St. Louis, New Orleans and Houston.

Contributing Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been an editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for over 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.