American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL), Jeffersonville, Ind., has awarded a contract to Steiner Construction Co., Bayou La Batre, Ala., for the design and construction of an innovative, environmentally friendly 82'x34' towboat. 

“Investing in our future is a key part of ACBL’s strategy. We are proud to introduce the first Tier 4 Mitsubishi engines to the marine industry,” ACBL’s CEO Mike Ellis said in a statement. “The addition of this new Tier 4 retractable towboat represents our commitment to providing our customers with innovative marine transportation solutions while minimizing our impact on the environment.” 

After delivery late this year, ACBL’s new towboat will support barge operations in one of the busiest ship channels in the world, the Port of Houston.

With a 10' operational draft, the new towboat will be equipped with twin Mitsubishi diesel engines producing 2,600 hp. 

Laborde Products and Mitsubishi are proud to join forces and partner with ACBL, a leader in the inland marine sector,” said Laborde Products' CEO Brian Laborde. “Tier 4 Mitsubishi engine standards represent the strictest of EPA emission requirements for marine diesel engines today and will significantly reduce emissions. Engines that meet these stringent standards promote cleaner air, improved fuel efficiency and better performance.”

“We are thrilled to partner with ACBL on building this innovative towboat,” said Steiner Construction’s CEO Bubba Steiner. “Equally important is the fact that this vessel will be equipped with many of the latest advancements in shipbuilding and design. We are eager to bring it to life.”

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