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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jeffboat Shipyard News

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. We look forward to continue working with our employees in pursuit of further improvements."

ACL Acquires EBDG

American Commercial Lines Inc has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Elliott Bay Design Group, Ltd. (EBDG) a naval architecture and marine engineering firm. EBDG is located in Seattle, Wash., and has recently opened a second office in New Orleans, Louisiana. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed but are not material to the Company. The new company, Elliott Bay Design Group LLC, will continue to provide naval architecture, marine engineering and production support to its many customers in the commercial marine industry, while providing ACL with capability supporting its transportation and Jeffboat shipyard businesses. EBDG was formed in 1987 and has grown to more than 60 architects, engineers, designers, and support personnel.

American Commercial Lines Inc. Closes Agreement with Elliot Bay Design Group

American Commercial Lines Inc. (NASDAQ: ACLI) announced that it has closed the previously announced agreement to acquire the assets of Elliott Bay Design Group, Ltd. (“EBDG”) a naval architecture and marine engineering firm. EBDG is located in Seattle, Washington, and has recently opened a second office in New Orleans, Louisiana. The new company, Elliott Bay Design Group LLC, will continue to provide naval architecture, marine engineering and production support to its many customers in the commercial marine industry, while also providing ACL with expertise in support of its transportation and Jeffboat shipyard businesses.

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 cycle for Jones Act companies in the United States. While we expect to reach approximately $140 million in revenue this year at Jeffboat, we anticipate reaching approximately $300 million in revenue in 2007. As a result, we are preparing the shipyard to be able to meet this level of demand.

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…

MARAD Announces $9.46 Million Shipyard Grant

Paul Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

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. “Improvements at our shipyards mean more ships can be built right here in the United States…

Vane Bros. Continues Fleet Expansion

Hudson (Photo: Vane Brothers)

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 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. “Improvements at our shipyards mean more ships can be built right here in the United States, which means more jobs for hard-working Americans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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. While Jeffboat has continually decreased injuries since 2004, it continues to implement new safety programs, including providing additional training to employees and conducting detailed investigations to identify root causes of injuries and implement corrective actions. Jeffboat and Teamsters Local Union No.

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 and the Union were praised by the Labor-Management Center for fostering a culture of open dialogue and communication at all levels of the workplace. According to the nomination, Jeffboat and the union engage in a free and uninhibited exchange of questions…

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.

ACL Announces $30m Barge Order

American Commercial Lines Inc. announced it has secured a $30 million multi-year contract with Statia Terminals New Jersey, Inc., a division of Valero, LP to build ABS certified ocean tank barges. Construction at Jeffboat LLC, a division of ACL, will start in the fourth quarter of 2006 for deliveries in 2007 and 2008. Commenting on the order, Jerry Linzey, SVP Manufacturing stated, "The addition of Valero, the largest refiner in North America, as a customer is a significant accomplishment. We continue to diversify our business with the increased presence in the coastal transportation equipment market which not only broadens our product offering but also begins to insulate the shipyard from the cyclicality of the inland barge construction market.

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 Statement Re Fatality

"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. Martin added, "We have a talented and experienced work force. Together, labor and management work to reduce and eliminate risk in the yard. These tragic events are a sobering reminder that, even with the best safety plan and the best employees, it is extremely difficult to totally eliminate risk.

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 same design. Jeffboat is currently constructing two similar barges for Vane, the DOUBLESKIN 55 and DOUBLESKIN 57. These barges are designed for coastwise manned and ocean unmanned heated heavy oil service. These barges are set to deliver in May 2004 and October 2004 respectively.

Jeffboat Appoints Linzey

Jeffboat LLC appointed Jerry R. Linzey as its Senior Vice President, Manufacturing. Mr. Linzey brings over 20 years of manufacturing and leadership skills to the company and has held positions with various organizations including Delphi Automotive Systems, a division of General Motors, The Stanley Works, a division of Stanley Tools, and most recently as the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for Wabash National Corporation, where he oversaw over 3,500 salaried and hourly associates. Mr. Linzey holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.

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. This new process enabled Jeffboat to reduce hazardous waste generation by more than 25,000 pounds annually. It also resulted in the reduction of solvent usage by about 4,000 gallons annually while increasing production by 33 percent. Finally, the new process eliminated about 28,000 pounds of volatile organic compounds.

Austal USA Appoints New CEO

Austal USA announced the appointment of Joe Rella to the position of Chief Operating Officer for Austal’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard. Mr. Rella most recently led the sales and marketing team of Jeffboat, LLC in Indiana as Vice President. Mr. Rella has more than ten years of experience at shipyards on the Gulf Coast, including both Atlantic Marine in Mobile, Alabama, and Ingalls in Mississippi. Mr. Rella started his maritime career by enlisting in the U.S. Navy and graduating from the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. While in the U.S. Navy, he received his appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering Systems. He also earned an MBA from Spring Hill College here in Mobile.

Irby Joins Bollinger as Construction Chief

Danny R. Irby has joined Bollinger as executive vice-president, new construction responsible for all aspects of construction of new boats, barges and other specialized vessels and equipment, commercial and government. “Danny’s leadership and proven ability to successfully perform in all aspects of the new construction business makes him a great addition to our team as we continue our efforts to increase our business,” said Mike Ellis, Bollinger executive vice-president and chief operating officer.

ACL Dedicates New Shipyard Facility

American Commercial Lines Inc. announced the dedication of a new enclosed manufacturing facility at its shipyard in Jeffersonville, IN. Associates of Jeffboat and American Commercial Lines participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new facility. The new building covers the assembly line that is currently producing dry cargo barges. Jerry Linzey, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer stated, "The new facility is a significant part of a $10 million capital investment we are making to improve the working environment for our people. The facility dedicated today represents our commitment to creating a safer and more efficient work place. This capital investment substantially reduces the negative impact weather has on our manufacturing operations.

Focus on Safety Pays Off for SCA Member Shipyards

Injury and illness rates at shipyards that belong to the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) have declined over the past three years helping facilities to drastically their overhead costs. The average Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR) for SCA member facilities declined from 12.94 percent in 1998 to 11.76 percent in 2001, while the average TRIR for the industry as a whole (SIC 3731) as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was 20.2 percent in 1999 and 22 percent in 2000. SCA’s data is based on the quarterly injury and illness surveys calculated by the Council. SCA has an active safety committee that reviews the results of each quarterly survey and holds bi-annual safety seminars to address the areas where most injuries occur.

Safety Pays Off for SCA Shipyards

Injury and illness incident rates at shipyards that belong to the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) have, for the fifth consecutive year, stayed below the industry average. to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). SCA has an active Safety Committee that reviews the results of each quarterly survey and holds bi-annual safety seminars to address the areas where most injuries occur. naval shipyards and the importance of worker orientation programs. annual safety record. number of hours worked. average are eligible for awards. Industries, Inc., headquartered in Morgan City, LA. had a TRIR below the association’s average.

Frasher Takes Head of Helm at American Commercial

Stephen A. Frasher has been appointed president and CEO of American Commercial Barge Line LLC as well as CEO of Jeffboat LLC, Louisiana Dock Company LLC and American Commercial Terminals LLC. With 31 years of experience in the transportation industry, most recently as president and CEO of Tidewater Holdings, Frasher’s hiring is part of a management transition plan for the retirement of Michael C. Hagen, who plans to step down at the end of October.

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