Thursday, April 20, 2017

CityBusiness Lists CBC as #8 in Annual “Top 100 Private Companies”

New Orleans CityBusiness listed Canal Barge Company as #8 in its annual ‘Top 100 Private Companies’ in the New Orleans area (based on revenue) and #1 in the Trade and Transportation sector. Canal Barge has continued to move higher in this annual listing as we have grown our operations over the years. Canal Barge is pleased to receive this external recognition, which we believe is an outgrowth of our long-term vision, consistent management, and focus on our strategy. Although revenue declined approximately 5% from 2015 to 2016, President & CEO Merritt Lane attributed our stability in large part to diversification, allowing CBC to weather the slowdown of the oil market. We also grew our employee base

The Special Focus article is featured in the March 17-30, 2017 issue of CityBusiness.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

National Waterways Foundation Updates Domestic Transportation Comparison

The Texas Transportation Institute’s Center for Ports and Waterways updated 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 here to view the new brochure describing the study and the benefits of barging. To download a presentation of the study’s findings and to view the complete study, visit the National Waterways Foundation website.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Canal Terminal Company Receives 2016 Safety Excellence Award from CSX

We are proud to announce that Canal Terminal Company received a 2016 Chemical Safety Excellence Award from CSX. This award recognizes companies who achieve zero non-accidental releases of regulated hazardous materials shipments on the CSX network each year. A non-accidental release typically consists of splashes, leaks and other releases from defective valves, safety relief devices, fittings and tank shells. Please join us in congratulating the CTC Logistics Team for achieving this impressive goal! It is due to all their hard work, in conjunction with our Operations Team, to make this possible.

As always, our goal remains ZERO – injuries, spills and incidents!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Canal Barge Company’s New Orleans & Belle Chasse Offices Closed for Mardi Gras Day

CBC’s New Orleans and Belle Chasse Offices will be closed Tuesday, February 28 for the Mardi Gras Holiday. Even though the city will be celebrating in true New Orleans style, you can continue to contact Canal Barge duty personnel through the main phone line (504-581-2424). And for those who join in the festivities, please stay S.A.F.E. out there!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thoughts on Thanksgiving from Merritt Lane

Hi everyone,
I wanted to drop a brief note of thanks to all of you for the amazingly professional work you do to keep our business moving safely and efficiently all day, every day. In spite of the distractions of challenging market conditions and a raucous and unsettling Presidential election, I gain confidence every day because of the skill, high character and constant commitment of the members of the CBC team. It has never been more true that “people make the difference” at Canal Barge and I assure you that we will continue to maintain the ever increasing standards of excellence that position our company to be successful throughout the years and regardless of market cycles.

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. It reminds me that we are blessed to live in the greatest country in the world. Our strong and diverse country, despite its flaws, continues to be the beacon of freedom and opportunity that our founders envisioned. Although sometimes painful to observe, the election process and peaceful transition of power after the people cast their votes is truly remarkable. I am confident that our system of government with its elegantly constructed set of checks and balances will continue to protect our country from despots and charlatans and will continue to drive constructive compromise. I sincerely hope that our leaders will put divisiveness behind us, find ways to pull the country together and focus on creating better opportunities for all Americans. We will most certainly do our part by being active citizens and promoting our industry and those that we serve as being a source of good jobs and meaningful contributions to the American quality of life.

My wish for all of you is that you and your family enjoy good health, safety, security and each other. Thank you again for everything and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Stay S.A.F.E.,

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Illinois Marine Towing Acquires Lemont, IL Harbor Services Operations of ARTCO

Illinois Marine Towing (IMT), Canal Barge Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, acquired the Lemont, Illinois harbor services operations of ARTCO (a transportation subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland) on April 29, 2016.

We have already begun the transition of people and equipment into the IMT family and operation. This acquisition presented an opportunity to expand the operations of Illinois Marine Towing in the Chicago region. Del Wilkins, President of IMT, will oversee the transition of this operation into IMT.

The acquisition included 6 vessels, and we are pleased to announce the boats have been renamed. Canal  Barge Company’s northern operations (including IMT, Canal Terminal Company and Canal Analytical and Environmental Services) held a contest to name the new boats. We are pleased to announce the names for these IMT Towboats.

MV Chicago Merchant, formerly the Bill Arnold
MV Chicago Warrior, formerly the Donna Jean
MV Harbor Runner, formerly the Joe Avery
MV Midwest Leader, formerly the Buster White
MV Illini Courage, formerly the Pat White
MV Prairie State, formerly the Harvest Run

The opportunity to name a vessel is quite rare. It is a significance to be cherished and an honor that will live on within the history of IMT and overall tow boating industry. Capt. Tony Lopez, Micky Popplewell, Maria Torres, and Mike Blaske submitted the winning names.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Canal Barge Company Recognized as Top 40 Workplaces in New Orleans

We are excited to announce that Canal Barge Company has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Workplaces in the Greater New Orleans area and Merritt Lane won the special award for Leadership in a Mid-Size Company! The special event was hosted by the Times Picayune and held at the Mercedes Superdome on May 20, 2016. A 2016 employee survey was completed earlier this year and provided the data for the Top 40 Workplaces study.

Congrats and thanks to everyone in the CBC Family for making Canal Barge a great company where People Make the Difference everyday!

To see the full list of Top Workplaces in the Mid-Size Category, click here.

To see the full list of special awards recognized at the event, click here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Our Nation’s Waterways ‘Keep America Moving’

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) is the national public policy organization that advocates for a properly funded and well-maintained system of inland waterways and ports.

A few years ago, WCI created a 3 minute video highlighting the critical value of America’s waterways to the economy, the environment, energy efficiency, traffic congestion relief, exports, and to our quality of life. Click here to watch the video.

WCI also partnered with the United Soybean Board to create a 30 second commercial focusing on the impact our industry has on American the economy. Maintaining an efficient waterways system is critical to the long-term success of our industry and to our nation’s economy. Click here to watch the 30 second video.

Our Nation’s Waterways Keep America and Its Products Moving

You can also visit the Waterways Council, Inc. website to learn more about their ongoing efforts to keep the inland waterways system a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transportation.

Monday, February 1, 2016

CBC Hosts Safety Meeting for Ohio River Towing Partners

The CBC Quality and Customer Service (Q&CS) team held a safety meeting on Thursday, January 28th with towing partners from the Ohio River region and several key customers. Q&CS was joined by CBC representatives from Marketing, Transportation Services, Barge Maintenance, and Operations. Representatives from Marquette Transportation, Hunter Marine, Campbell Transportation, Marathon Petroleum and CLM Towing participated in our Safety Meeting at CBC’s Downtown Office to discuss critical aspects of a Towing Vessel Safety Management System. The group was joined by vetting team members from Marathon Petroleum, Shell, and SeaRiver who provided a valuable perspective. (See photo below of the group present during the meeting.)

CBC’s transportation system relies on third party towing and fleeting operators to make our logistics system safe and efficient. Accordingly, CBC views these vendors as critical partners. We have high safety, environmental and quality expectations for these partners and have an interest in learning from them and they, in turn, learn from us.

Our safety and customer service goal is ZERO injuries and incidents!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CBC Holds Shoreside GOAL ZERO Meeting

For first time in Canal Barge Company’s history, we held a company-wide “Shoreside” Goal Zero Meeting on September 25, 2015. All 8 offices/facilities gathered and joined via video conference, while others dialed in on the conference call line. In total, we had over 150 employees participate in a critical meeting to focus our company on our most important core value – Safety.

President and CEO Merritt Lane kicked off the meeting, followed by messages from Joe Tyson (Senior VP Operations), Del Wilkins (VP Northern Operations), Troy Remy (VP Human Resources), and Tom Smith (VP Quality and Customer Service). Below is a recap of the key messages from the meeting:

Safety is Our #1 Value. The safety of all CBC employees and their families, ashore and afloat, is our #1 core value. This should be evident in everything that we do. Safety leadership is expected from all of us, starting with Merritt and running throughout the organization.

Goal Zero – We are confident that Goal Zero is attainable because we believe that all incidents and accidents are avoidable. We are committed to learning from all incidents in order to raise awareness and design operational improvements that can prevent them from happening.

Safety is not a program, but a habit. Safe practices will lead to the elimination of injuries, so we are increasing our focus not just on better safety results, but on the safe practices that will lead to fewer incidents. It must be a priority to all of us, all of the time.

Safety is personal. We all can and must be safety leaders regardless of our job responsibility.

Safety matters at work and at home. Safety is not just a work-related responsibility – it’s about all aspects of our lives and the things we do every day to decrease the risk of incident. Safe practice is about focus, awareness and discipline – all of which is highlighted in the CBC S.A.F.E. program (Stop, Assess, Focus, Execute).

Stop Work Obligation – To assist all employees, we have created many tools and techniques. One of the most important concepts we have been sharing Stop Work Obligation. It is our responsibility to take action if we see an unsafe condition or behavior. It takes courage to exercise Stop Work Obligation.