Thursday, September 24, 2009

ConocoPhillips Honors Canal Barge as “Outstanding Carrier of the Year”

On September 23, 2009, ConocoPhillips honored Canal Barge Company as their 2009 Outstanding Carrier of the Year at the first-annual Conoco Carrier Conference in Houston, TX.

ConocoPhillips has been a valued customer of CBC for 20 years, and our relationship is bigger and stronger than ever. ConocoPhillips maintains regular business across all of CBC’s lines of operations.

This award recognizes Canal Barge’s service, people, flexibility, reliability, and commitment to safety and the environment. Canal Barge Company is honored to receive this recognition.

Click here to view the award

Sunday, August 16, 2009

YLC Honors Merritt Lane with Role Model Recognition

The Young Leadership Council of New Orleans (YLC) annually highlights 25 members of the community and on August 15, 2009 Merritt Lane, President and CEO of Canal Barge, was honored as a 2009 YLC Role Model.

Honorees distinguish themselves by promoting a desire to enhance the quality of life; striving to unite our community for its future prosperity; serving as a role model to young talent; and taking a leadership role in the community.

Some of the organizations Merritt is actively involved include the New Orleans-area Business Council, Idea Village and Baptist Community Ministries.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

2008 Jones F. Devlin Awards

At Canal Barge Company, we know that confidence starts with good people. On June 4, 2009, the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) honored the U.S. maritime industry for safe marine operations at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held at the Hilton Houston North Hotel. Jones F. Devlin Awards are given to vessels that have operated for at least two years without a lost-time injury. A total of 17 CBC towboats earned 2008 Jones F. Devlin honors, including two of which have operated 13 consecutive years without a lost-time injury. Canal Barge is proud of our exceptional crews for continuing to demonstrate our strong commitment to safety and environmental stewardship.

MV NED MERRICK – 10 years
MV SUSAN L. STALL – 9 years
MV CHOCTAW – 7 years
MV COUSHATTA – 7 years
MV LIBERTY – 7 years
MV SPIRIT – 7 years
MV CAROLINE – 3 years
MV ELLY LANE – 2 years
MV HAMILTON – 2 years
MV INTEGRITY – 2 years
MV JOSEPH M. JONES – 2 years

Friday, June 5, 2009

Texas Transportation Institute’s Domestic Transportation Impact Study

The Texas Transportation Institute’s Center for Ports and Waterways conducted a study titled “A Modal Comparison of Domestic Freight Transportation Effects on the General Public” comparing the various effects of barge, rail and truck transportation on the general public. This research provides a useful comparison of transportation methods by cargo capacity, congestion issues, emissions statistics, energy efficiency, safety impacts and infrastructure impacts. Click the link below to download a presentation of the study’s findings or visit WaterwaysCouncil.org to view the complete study.
Download TTI Presentation

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Canal Barge Management Team receives the 2009 ACG Louisiana “Deal Maker of the Year Award”

On May 20, 2009 the Canal Barge Company management team received the Association of Corporate Growth Louisiana Chapter’s Deal Maker of the Year Award for the smooth and successful acquisitions of Illinois Marine Towing Company in the fall of 2008 and the inland marine assets of ConocoPhillips in the fall of 2007.

“With so much focus on the boom/bubble industries, it’s great to see a smart, solid, well-manage company like Canal Barge rewarded for its performance even though it operates in a traditional industry,” commented Bill Hines of Jones Walker. “The good decisions by Canal Barge management over the last 10 years put them in position to take advantage of these two major opportunities right on top of one another. With other companies struggling in a weak economy, 2008 turned out to be a dramatic growth year for Canal Barge.”

Friday, May 15, 2009

United Space Alliance Honors Henry Gerrets with “Outstanding Supplier Award”

Henry Gerrets, Affreightment Project Manager for Canal Barge, was honored with the Outstanding Supplier Award from the United Space Alliance (USA) for the safe and efficient management of external fuel tank moves from Michoud, LA to Cape Canaveral, FL. Canal Barge has managed these moves since 1989, and Henry has worked on them since 1997.

According to USA, “Throughout the often difficult circumstances and uncertain schedules, Henry has been steadfast in assuring tug support for the transportation of the external fuel tanks and has played a critical role in making on-time deliveries.” CBC is proud of Henry for receiving this recognition. Henry Gerrets was one of two suppliers chosen for this award out of over 2,500 vendors.

On May 11, 2009, Henry Gerrets represented the United Space Alliance at the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Friday, March 20, 2009

NTSB/AWO Field Trip

On March 16-17, 2009, Canal Barge hosted Board Member Deborah Hersman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Ms. Hersman was joined by her assistant and counsel, Nancy Lewis, and retired Coast Guard Commander Larry Bowling of the NTSB’s marine investigation staff. Gordon DeFilippo and Peter Evans of Marathon Petroleum as well as Jennifer Carpenter, AWO Senior VP-National Advocacy, joined in the Field Trip that included a comprehensive briefing on issues facing the inland barge and towing industry. The Field Trip was initiated by Ms. Hersman to improve her understanding of the inland barge and towing industry. The group also spent substantial time on the Canal Barge Company towboats MV MARY LUCY LANE and MV LUKE BURTON, providing the NTSB an opportunity to observe the tow building process and a chance to explore the layout of inland river towboats. Ms. Hersman and the NTSB team asked questions regarding industry operations and practices and expressed great respect for the work done by industry professionals.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

MV MARY LUCY LANE Christening/75th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, February 7, 2009, Canal Barge celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a Christening of the MV MARY LUCY LANE followed by a reception at the Blaine Kern Mardi Gras World-East Bank facility. Click here to view the article featured in the March 2, 2009 issue of the Waterways Journal.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

CBC Celebrates 75 Years!

On Saturday, December 6, 2008, Canal Barge Company, Inc. celebrated its 75th year in operation! Starting in 1933 with one barge — the first all-steel welded tank barge on the Inland Waterways — we have grown over the years to become one of the premier marine transportation companies in the country. Canal Barge now has over 550 employees, 800 barges and 33 inland towboats and an operation that trades all over the country, offshore and even internationally. Our long-term stability and growth are a result of the leadership, commitment and foresight of so many great people who came before us and the support of our Board of Directors and shareholders. Our company and our people have continuously innovated to take advantage of the opportunities that have been presented over the years.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

IMT Acquisition

Canal Barge Company has enjoyed unprecedented growth through the last few years. While we are not interested in growth for growth’s sake, we are always looking for strategic growth opportunities with great business partners who share our vision and values. We are very proud to announce that on September 15, 2008, we acquired 100% of the stock of Illinois Marine Towing. Illinois Marine is the leading independent provider of towing and fleeting services in the Chicago market and provides affreightment, barge cleaning, terminal services and vessel repair and has been a strategically important supplier to CBC for more than two decades. IMT and the management staff’s approach to quality operations and customer service is a perfect fit with the Canal Barge Company business philosophy. Illinois Marine Towing will continue as a wholly owned subsidiary of Canal Barge Company and we warmly welcome all of our associates at IMT to the CBC Family.