Jeffboat Tries to Avert Shipyard Strike
Jeffboat LLC announced that it has submitted to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 89 a comprehensive last, best and final offer relating to the terms of employment of the approximately 750 shipyard workers employed at the company's Jeffersonville, Ind. facility. Officials from Local 89 told Jeffboat management that the measure would be put to a vote of union members on Sunday, May 5, 2002. The current labor contract between Jeffboat and Local 89 expired at midnight on April 29, 2002, at which time Jeffboat employees elected to go out on strike. American Commercial Lines LLC is a fully integrated network of marine transportation companies, operating more that 5,000 barges and 200 towboats on the inland waterways of North and South America and transporting more than 70 million tons of freight annually. Additionally, ACL operates marine construction, repair and ancillary service facilities, and river terminals. Jeffboat LLC is the largest single-site inland shipbuilding and repair facility in the U.S. In addition to building tanker and hopper barges, Jeffboat constructs river towboats and specialty vessels.
Jeffboat to Launch 10,000th Vessel
Jeffboat will launch its 10,000th vessel at 11:00 am on July 17. State and local officials, including Jeffersonville, In. Mayor Ron Waiz, are expected to attend. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to former Jeffboat President, Robert Greene, and former Jeffboat Engineering Vice-President, William Toutant.
Jeffboat Names Herre As President & COO
Robert P. Herre has been appointed as president and COO of Jeffboat LLC, a subsidiary of American Commercial Lines. Herre, who will assume his new position on September 1, 2001 will succeed Robert W. Greene III, who plans to retire. Herre joined ACL 10 years ago as manager of Jeffboat's Engineering Department. Since then, he has served in a variety of positions for the company, most recently as vice president of Vessel Management for ACL.
ACL Adding 100 Hourly Positions
American Commercial Lines Inc. announced the addition of 100 hourly positions to work at its shipyard division, Jeffboat LLC, located along the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, In. Jeffboat is the second largest manufacturer of barges in the United States and is in the process of increasing its production volumes. Commenting on this development, Mr. Jerry Linzey, Senior Vice President Manufacturing, stated “We are beginning to see the early stages of a very significant barge replacement
ACL Shipyard Employees to Retain Union
American Commercial Lines Inc. announced that its Jeffboat LLC employees have elected to retain their representation by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. A decertification vote by employees of Jeffboat was held on December 7, 2006. Mark R. Holden, President and CEO American Commercial Lines, stated, "Tremendous progress has been made at the Jeffboat shipyard the last two years in safety, productivity and the work environment by working with our employees
ACL Statement Re Fatality
On May 14, American Commercial Lines released the following statement regarding a fatality at its Jeffboat boat building yard: "This has been a very difficult week for all of us at Jeffboat. Thursday afternoon an industrial accident occurred at Jeffboat resulting in the fatality of one of our employees, David Martin. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time," Ken Martin, VP & GM of Jeffboat, said.
Jeffboat Wins Barge Contract
Jeffboat has been awarded a contract to build two 52,000 net barrel ocean service tank barges for Vane Line Bunkering of Baltimore, Maryland. These barges are the fifth and sixth built to the same design at Jeffboat since 2001. Work on the new barges is expected to begin in June 2004 and extend through September 2005. The barges are to be built for coastwise manned and ocean unmanned light oil service. The new contract contains options for Vane to purchase up to two additional barges of the
Jeffboat Receives Environmental Award
American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) announced that Jeffboat received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on September 17 at the 11th annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show in Plainfield, IN. Jeffboat, the nation's largest inland shipbuilder, received the award for pollution prevention as a result of its implementation of a new system to blend epoxy coating with paint
Jeffboat Wins Labor Award
American Commercial Lines Inc. (NASDAQ:ACLI) announced that its manufacturing division, Jeffboat, and Teamsters Local Union No. 89 have received the 16th annual Labor-Management Award from the University of Louisville Labor-Management Center. The award, which honors an area workplace in which management and labor have demonstrated cooperative relations, was presented at the Labor-Management Center 2009 Award Banquet held on April 16.
Jeffboat Safety Milestone
American Commercial Lines Inc. (NASDAQ: ACLI) (ACL) announced that on December 15, its Manufacturing Division, Jeffboat, accomplished the safety milestone of working two million hours without a lost time injury (an injury requiring time off from work) for the first time in its more than 70 years of operation. The shipyard has reached one million hours worked without a lost time injury twice in its history, most recently in June 2009.
INTERVIEW: U.S. Maritime Administration - Paul N. Jaenichen, Sr.
On June 4 2012, Deputy Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen was named Acting Maritime Administrator. With the U.S. Maritime Administration since July 2012 when he was appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator by President Obama, Jaenichen would no doubt like to be confirmed as the Administrator; sooner, rather than later. Nevertheless, he’s not letting any grass grow under his feet in the meantime
Driving the Inland Waterways
Propulsion evolves, improves and powers forward in the inland markets. And, Z-Drive propulsion is the future. In a white paper released late in 2014 by The Shearer Group, Ed Shearer and Greg Beers outlined The Next Generation of inland vessels, what will drive design changes and the advantages of azimuthing stern drives – or ‘Z-Drives,’ for short. The authors point out that, until recently, towboats on all the inland waterways and Gulf Coast have traditionally been built
Vane Bros. Continues Fleet Expansion
Vane Brothers, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has added two vessels to its fleet: the 4,200-horsepower tugboat Hudson and 55,000‐barrel barge Double Skin 601. The Hudson is the second of eight vessels in Vane’s Elizabeth Anne Class of 4,200‐horsepower tugboats contracted through St. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. The Elizabeth Anne was delivered in January, while the third in the series, the Baltimore, is scheduled for completion this summer.
MARAD Awards $9.8 Mln to US Shipyards
Aiming to support shipbuilding modernizations that will increase productivity and allow U.S. shipyards to compete more effectively in global markets, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $9.8 million to 18 U.S. yards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program. “Small shipyards play a significant role in our country’s maritime sector, which contributes to our economy, security, and infrastructure,” said U.S
ACL Plans to Build New Covered Hopper Barges
American Commercial Lines Inc. (NASDAQ: ACLI) announced that the Company will build fifty covered hopper barges for use by its Transportation Services Division at the Company's Jeffboat manufacturing subsidiary in the first quarter of 2010. Commenting on the build plan, ACL President and CEO Mike Ryan stated, "We are executing the next phase of our long-term strategic plan. We recently completed the realignment of our field-based Transportation Services management team
ACL Launches First in Tanker Barge Series
American Commercial Lines Inc. announced 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. The first of these barges, launched on Tuesday, May 10 by ACL's President and CEO Mike Ryan, was a clean service tanker with a capacity of 30,000 barrels
ACL Adds Eight Tank Barges
American Commercial Lines Expands Liquid Cargo Fleet With Purchase of Eight 20,000 Barrel Capacity Tank Barges. American Commercial Lines (ACL) today announced the purchase of eight 20,000 barrel capacity tank barges from SeaRiver Maritime Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. The purchase will expand ACL's fleet of 325 tank barges, which transport liquid cargoes, including chemicals, petroleum and renewable fuels throughout the U.S. inland waterway system
ACL to Begin Transporting Canadian Crude Oil
American Commercial Lines (ACL) is pleased to announce that it will begin transporting crude oil by barge on the U.S. inland waterways for MEG Energy (U.S.) Inc. (MEG Energy), a subsidiary of the Canadian oil company MEG Energy Corp. Crude oil will arrive primarily via pipeline and will be transferred to barges at storage terminals located on the inland waterways for transport by ACL to the Gulf Coast. ACL is dedicating new tank barges built by its manufacturing division Jeffboat
ACL to Haul for SeaRiver Maritime
American Commercial Lines Will Transport Petroleum Products by Inland Barge for SeaRiver Maritime Inc. American Commercial Lines (ACL) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with SeaRiver Maritime Inc., a marine affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, to provide petroleum barge transportation services on the U.S. inland waterways. As of January 1, 2013, ACL has entered into a multi-year agreement with SeaRiver to transport liquid cargoes via its mainline
Commercial Barge Line Company Announces Results
Highlights Adjusted EBITDAR of $232.1 million for the year -- a 33% increase over prior year Operating income of $61.1 million for the year -- an increase of $57.4 million compared to prior year Cash generated from operating activities of $65.8 million during the quarter Net Funded Debt to Adjusted EBITDAR ratio of 2.0 times at year-end
MARAD Announces $9.46 Million Shipyard Grant
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $9.46 million to help improve 12 shipyards in 10 states. The grants, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, foster efficiency and modernizations that allow shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. Acting Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen made the announcement at Jeffboat, LLC, one of the grant recipients, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
MARAD Grant Small Shipbuilders Funding Support
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announce US$9.46-million to help improve 12 shipyards in 10 states. The grants, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, foster efficiency and modernizations that allow shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. Acting Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen made the announcement at Jeffboat, LLC, one of the grant recipients, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
New Tank Barge Arrives & AEP Begins River Transport
AEP River Operations say they have began operations of its new Liquids Division today with receipt of the first of 20 tank barges. The addition of tank barges to the company's fleet will allow them to transport liquid commodities, including petrochemicals and agricultural chemicals. The company informs that its liquid barge fleet is being constructed by Jeffboat, based in Jeffersonville, Ind. Each barge will have a capacity of 11,000 barrels and measure 200 feet long and 35 feet wide
Even if, as Marcon International’s Bob Beagle says, barges are the workhorses of the towing industry, then the pushboats that propel the 38,000 (documented and undocumented) deck, hopper, tank, crane and miscellaneous purpose barges to their destinations are the heart and soul of the most efficient – and greenest – means to move cargo known to man. This month, we take a close look at what’s developing for both types of hulls; in terms of design, markets
AEP Barges into the Liquid Transport Markets
Answering the needs of longstanding clients, bulk transport giant AEP dips its toes into the liquid transport arena. AEP River Operations needs no introduction for most MarineNews readers. One of the true river giants operating on America’s domestic inland waters today, AEP is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and is primarily known as a barge company that provides transportation of dry bulk commodities throughout the inland river system