Kirby Inland Marine to Acquire Cenac Fleet

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

January 31, 2019

  • Photo: Cenac Marine Services
  • Photo: Cenac Marine Services Photo: Cenac Marine Services

Cenac Marine Services LLC has announced the signing of an agreement with Kirby Inland Marine, LP to acquire Cenac’s fleet.

This relationship will continue to enhance Cenac’s marine construction operations, by focusing on its best in class shipyard at Main Iron Works while providing continued security for its loyal maritime employees., even amid continued sluggishness in the local oil and gas industry.

Kirby Corporation transports bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River system, and on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Through a soon-to-be-completed agreement between the two companies, Kirby will take on ownership and operation of Cenac’s 36 towing vessels and 63 barges. Cenac’s marine employees, from deckhands to captains, will be offered jobs by Kirby and the vessels they man will continue serving current routes in what is promised to be a seamless transition.

Cenac Marine will remain headquartered on its Houma campus, which it shall continue to own and operate. Kirby will occupy a small suite of on-site offices on the Cenac campus.

Through the Cenac facilities in Houma as well as those at Main Iron Works, which was acquired in 2015, we shall continue to build state of the art, best in class tugs. Cenac’s continued focus and emphasis on its shipyard operations, accomplishes its strategic focus to increase growth potential that will not only benefit the Cenac companies, as well as its current and future employees.

The decision to enter into an agreement with Kirby for the purchase of its marine assets, Cenac said, is consistent with the company’s philosophy of flexibility that has so far kept it in a profitable, secure and stable position despite the volatility of the industry it is associated with.

Kirby Corporation (NYSE KEX) is a publicly traded company. Cenac Marine continues as a privately held company.

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