Monday, April 21, 2008

Merritt Lane Inducted as AWO Chairman

At the American Waterways Operators Spring Convention, April 16-18, 2008, Merritt Lane, President and CEO of Canal Barge Company, was elected as AWO Chairman of the Board. In his acceptance speech, Merritt assessed the challenging environment in which the association will be working in the future, emphasizing that AWO has an opportunity and an obligation to work with regulatory entities and ensure that the implementation of new regulations are based on an iterative process with industry professionals. Lane’s term in office as Chairman will last until April 2, 2009 and he will serve as AWO Immediate Past Chairman of the Board for 2009-2010.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Canal Barge Company Acquires ConocoPhillips Inland Marine Operations

Canal Barge Company announced on October 11, 2007 the acquisition and operation of ConocoPhillips’ inland marine fleet based in Sulphur, Louisiana. This acquisition consisted of seven inland towboats and fourteen inland tank barges that operate primarily on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). Canal Barge management was pleased to have been chosen by ConocoPhillips, as this was a significant growth opportunity for the New Orleans-based company.

Monday, May 21, 2007

SUSAN L. STALL Crew Hosts Food Network Star Alton Brown

The crew of the MV SUSAN L. STALL had the unique experience of hosting Alton Brown, award-winning author and host of some of the Food Network’s most popular shows, on May 3-4, 2007. Brown and his crew were taping a segment on towing industry cuisine for the second part of his yearly series Feasting on Asphalt as they traveled onboard the boat from Hickman, Kentucky to Paducah, Kentucky. The crew of the SUSAN STALL is featured in Episode 4: Take Me to the River.

While onboard, Alton interviewed the crew, was treated to a tour of the boat and tow, and prepared a chicken and dumplings dinner from scratch with boat cook Kathryn Williamson, who has spent eight of her 18 years with Canal Barge aboard the SUSAN STALL. Brown was reportedly both thrilled and nervous when given the opportunity to briefly steer the boat, supervised by Captain Donnie Williams, who commented on the “snake” of a wake behind the tow.

Besides Captain Williams and Kathryn Williamson, the crew onboard the SUSAN STALL during Alton Brown’s visit included Pilot Leo Brunet, Chief Engineer Clay Hill, Mate David Claiborne, Lead Deckhand Curtis Brown, and Deck Crew Richard Evans, Michael Hall, and Corey Rogers. Alton left the boat wearing a CBC Safety cap that he was given by the crew.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

MERRICK JONES Crew Hosts Vice President Cheney

Vice President Dick Cheney toured the Canal Barge Company inland towboat M/V MERRICK JONES docked at the Port of New Orleans on October 12, 2006 while discussing the maritime industry and Gulf Coast recovery issues. Vice President Cheney was in New Orleans to assess the state of the city a year after Hurricane Katrina and to visit businesses that have been successful in the post-storm environment.

During his visit, Vice President Cheney learned about life and work aboard a towboat, the importance of the maritime industry, its role in the nation’s economy and the need for continuing investment in the nation’s waterways infrastructure. Canal Barge President and CEO Merritt Lane emphasized the industry’s commitment to homeland security and working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard on regulatory initiatives to enhance the security of the nation’s ports and waterways.