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Cenac Towing Acquires Main Iron Works, Christens New Tug

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

December 4, 2015

Cenac Towing Company (Cenac Towing), a third-generation owned global marine transportation company, announced continued growth despite the oil and gas industry’s downturn.


Recently, Cenac Towing acquired Main Iron Works, a tug construction company, and this week, Cenac Towing will christen its brand new 2000 Hp Twin Screw Conventional Tug, The Jean Pierre Cenac. The innovative marine transportation company, run by industry veteran Arlen “Benny” Cenac, attributes the growth to continued innovation, quality service and the unique familial culture that is experienced not only by employees but also by customers and partners.

“The importance of hospitality in everyday life is too often overlooked. People, whether they are employees, customers or vendors are all searching for a consistent and pleasant experience,” said CEO Benny Cenac. “This experience coupled with quality service, industry expertise, innovation and professionalism by our entire team is what makes Cenac Towing an industry leader.”

The acquisition of Main Iron Works, which was finalized in July of 2015, will expand Cenac Towing’s position as a top innovative inland push boat and tank barge fleet operator. Main Iron Works, founded in 1947 by Horace “Jack” Guidry has become one of the leaders in tug construction today. Following the acquisition, Cenac Towing plans to continue to operate Main Iron Works as an independent entity under the Cenac Group umbrella, growing its’ construction of world-class, innovative tugboats and push boats to companies nationwide.

“We were very pleased with the news of an acquisition, as Benny Cenac is a well respected leader in the industry,” said Llyod Guidry, general manager of Main Iron Works . “We believe under Benny’s leadership, Main Iron Works will remain a leader in tug construction and be a perfect complement to Cenac Towing’s core mission.”

The 72’x30’, Tier 3 compliant innovative push boat, named after Benny’s great-great grandfather, will be christened by Benny’s parents, Arlen Sr. and Jackie Cenac, on December 9, further solidifying Cenac Towing’s continued success. The push boat will be used to transport two, 30,000-barrel tank barges up and down United States waterways carrying liquid petroleum products.

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