100 HAMM ROAD, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37405
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Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN at MM 467 on the Tennessee River. Southern Marine (SMC) was started in 1962 in response to local towboat operating companies desiring minor installation and repairs to marine structures in the river. Being near the upper end of the river mobilization is a big factor on smaller jobs. SMC specializes on construction projects going out into the river, this could be pipelines, conveyors, water intakes, barge docks, piers, marine ways, travel lifts, demolition, salvage, rip-rap. Anything and everything from the top of the river bank down. After gradually growing down the Tennessee River then up the Ohio River we have firmily established ourselves in what we consider to be our geographical work area, the rivers in all of Tennessee, all of Kentucky and half of all the surrounding states. We now consider Paducah and Cincinnati to be home ports along with Chattanooga when determining mobilization charges. SMC has five crane barges with 100 ton crawler cranes, support barges (12), switch boats (6) and one heavy lift Derrick (165 tons). Four independent crews man our projects, the goal is to keep four different projects happening at all times. Each crew has 6 – 12 employees depending on where construction has progressed. High water, low water, winter storms, summer thunder, heat, cold, short days, holidays, breakdowns, overhauls, travel times, all conspire to keep us from meeting our goal. But we soldier on knowing there is nothing like completion of a job well done! Then on to the next one.
Recently SMC commissioned a new crane barge to replace a crane barge that has been in service for many years. Recently completed projects include barge docks, or barge dock repairs, for Marathon Petroleum in Louisville, Consolidated Grain & Barge in Tunica and Osceola on the Mississippi River, dredging and spud piles for a marina on the river in downtown Chattanooga and a 48” diameter outfall line into the Ohio River for Domtar Paper near Hawesville, KY.
SMC became a Riverworks Discovery Sponsor in 2012.
RWD impresses me because their mission is so closely aligned to what we as a group in the marine industry already know. The rivers are most cost effective, most fuel efficient, and a most “green” way to transport large quantities of products both long and short distances. This message needs to be told and explained to the public, exactly what RWD is doing in an effective manner.
SMC has sponsored river cruises for school kids in the Chattanooga area for the past two years. The cruise boat is owned and operated by the Tennessee Aquarium and is a water jet powered catamaran capable of speeds over 50 mph with a passenger load of 67 people plus crew. Last year 442 students went on a river cruise, plus adult chaperones. This helps the TN Aquarium also, keeps the boat running during the winter months when slow. The students get a barge industry handout fact sheet, that SMC has printed, and a narrator explains everything as the boat goes down the river past the barge docks and fleeting areas to the TN River Gorge. I’m sure this is a “field” trip these lucky kids will remember for most of their lives.
SMC is a construction company doing marine work at different installations along the river, when the construction barges are being moved along the river the crews are at home resting up for the next job. The trades we are most interested in hiring are Welders who can eventually become certified and Crane Operators who can eventually obtain their CCO Certificate (Certified Crane Operator) .
AEP River Operations is one of the largest inland river barge companies in the United States, transporting over 65 million tons annually. This includes the movement of grain, project cargo, coal, steel, ores, liquids, and other bulk products. The current fleet includes more than 79 towboats ranging from 1,550 to 11,000 horsepower and over 2,900 hopper barges. Company headquarters are located in Chesterfield, Missouri. AEP River Operations has fleeting services in Convent and Algiers, Louisiana and a shipyard in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Crew and operations offices are located in Paducah, Kentucky and Lakin, West Virginia.
AEP River Operations launched the first of 20 tank barges at Jeffboat in Jeffersonville, Indiana on January 30, 2014. The new barges will all be 10,000-barrel, externally-framed units designed for clean chemicals and will feature barge tops that greatly exceed the industry standard. The barge, at 35 by 200 by 12.5 feet, can be easily integrated into any of AEP’s tows. Heavily built, it weighs approximately 424 tons and has three cargo tanks with a combined capacity of 11,000 barrels, five wing tanks, a rake void and a stern void. The voids were strengthened and have extra vents so that ballast water can be added to temporarily increase the barge’s draft if necessary. The cargo tanks have “six-pound tops,” so named because they can withstand pressures of 6.4 pounds-per-square-inch before venting. The number is double what is most often found on the river, and will result in greater safety and minimal emissions, in keeping with AEP’s established record of environmental stewardship.
The program was created in 2004 by AEP River Operations, and due to its exponential growth and success the program was gifted to the Museum in 2010.
RWD does an excellent job of teaching people about the commerce, culture and conservation of America’s rivers and their watersheds. We are excited about the future opportunities for RWD and look forward to their continued success.
AEP River Operations recently participated in the second annual Greater St. Louis Who Works the Rivers (WWR) career-awareness event for high school students in Alton, Illinois at the National Great River Museum. More than 130 students from six area schools participated and learned about commerce, culture, conservation and careers available by way of our rivers.
Did you know that the Missouri River is longer than the Mississippi? The Missouri River is longer by 21 miles and is approximately 2,341 miles long and the Mississippi River is 2,320 miles long.
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Amherst Madison is a family owned operation that provides a wide variety of marine services. The company is headquartered in Charleston, WV along the Kanawha River, but we also have a second location at the mouth of the Kanawha River in Henderson, WV. We offer towing services, marine construction, marine repair/surveying services, and rentals of equipment.
We have recently completed some major upgrades to our multiple drydocks at our Henderson, WV location. We are able to service any boat or barge traveling on the Ohio River. Our facility is located at OR Mile 265. We have also added an experienced, certified marine surveyor to expand the services we can offer to our customers..
We have contributed to the Traveling Exhibit as well as other RWD sponsored events. We think the work they are doing to educate the public and promote our nation’s rivers and watersheds is very important.
We have worked with RWD to bring the traveling exhibit to the Clay Center in Charleston, WV starting in March 2014. We are excited to see this exhibit help people in our local area learn about the importance of the rivers and their watersheds.
Transportation by river is one of the safest and energy efficient means of moving bulk commodities. It would take approximately 1,050 large semi tractor-trailers to move the same amount of material contained in one 15 barge tow. The waterways industry offers well-paying, rewarding careers that provide ways to gain valuable skills. Jobs in the marine industry are vital to keeping our nation moving forward.
118 North Royal Street Mobile, AL 36602 (251) 431-6100
Cooper Marine & Timberlands Corp (CMT), headquartered in Mobile, Alabama is in the business of providing timber products to numerous wood consuming industries in the Southeast U.S., marine transportation along the Tennessee-Tombigbee River and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and stevedoring services in the Port of Mobile. CMT’s Marine Operations consist of a fleet of push boats and barges. These boats and barges work the Tennessee- Tombigbee river system as well as the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Houston, Texas to Panama City, Florida serving a wide variety of bulk customers. CMT’s barge fleeting can accommodate 228 barges, and includes a barge cleaning and repair facility in the harbor of the Port of Mobile, Alabama. One of the founding characteristics of the Cooper Group of companies is a mandate for quality. Throughout the world, our quality standards, reliability, and attention to detail have become industry benchmarks. Our mission is to anticipate and solve any problems you may encounter in domestic and international shipping; cargo preparation and transportation; shipping and organizational support; and related business. To ensure for you the highest standard of excellence, expertise, and responsiveness, we will always employ superior equipment, extensive experience, and knowledgeable, action-oriented people.
Cooper Marine & Timberlands Corp. is certified with the American Waterways Organization as a Responsible Carrier for its commitment to safety and environmental protection.
Cooper Marine and Timberlands Corp. became a RWD Sponsor in 2011.
Cooper Marine and Timberlands is a proud supporter of RWD and commends all the efforts of the program to promote and educate on the importance of our nation’s rivers and their watersheds.
Cooper Marine and Timberlands Corp has been an annual supporter and sponsor of River Works Discovery and event sponsor and participant in the annual Mobile, Alabama Who Works the Rivers. During each event several buses have transported students to our operating location on the Cochran Causeway where they were given a tour of the location and witnessed first hand the operations. Cooper Marine also hosts a booth at the Maritime Career Fair during the event.
The nation’s domestic maritime industry is an economic engine and a jobs creator which supports 500,000 jobs and provides $100 billion in economic output.
Administrator Mary LaBorde 504-584-1513
The Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation is a private family foundation comprised of the decedents of Joseph Merrick Jones, founder of Canal Barge Company, Inc. It is located in New Orleans, Louisiana and its Board consists of six family members. Mrs. Susan Jones Gundlach, daughter of Joseph M. Jones, is the President.
The Foundation gives away over 1 million dollars annually to worthy applicants who operate in the metro New Orleans area. Our primary mission is to support education and the arts.
The Foundation is run by the same family that owns Canal Barge Company, Inc. and is therefore very concerned about marine transportation and the inland waterways. Joseph Merrick Jones, Jr., the son of the Company’s founder, is in the National Mississippi River Museum Hall of Fame. The Foundation has supported the Museum over the years and felt that the traveling exhibit would help to encourage education about the culture, commerce and conservation of the waterways.
Members of the Foundation were thrilled to see the traveling exhibit at the Louisiana Children’s Museum when it came to New Orleans. We enjoyed experiencing the exhibit and were treated to a lovely lunch during our visit. The entire event was very impressive.
* With a High School Diploma or GED equivalent, you can go right to work on a vessel. *You can work the equivalent of half of the year, make a living wage and have advancement opportunities working on tow boats.
Kim Durbin Manager Corporate Communications, email@example.com 812.288.1915
American Commercial Lines (ACL) is the nations’ third largest marine transportation company. Nearly 100 years ago, ACL began moving coal on the Kentucky River. Today, the company transports the building blocks of our economy — from steel and petroleum to grain and chemicals — along the more than 12,000 miles of U.S. inland waterways. ACL operates a fleet of approximately 1,900 barges and 100 towboats and the nation’s largest inland shipyard, Jeffboat. Headquartered in Jeffersonville, IN, ACL has fleeting and terminal facilities throughout the inland river system. The ACL team of approximately 2,300 employees is committed to its mission to be the first choice in barge transportation and to its operating priorities of safety and protection of the marine environment.
In recent months, the Chamber of Shipping of America presented 54 ACL towboats with the Jones F. Devlin Award for Safety and also recognized 74 ACL vessels with Environmental Achievement Awards for operating a minimum of two years with no reportable spills or violations. In October, ACL joined Living Lands & Waters in collecting more than four tons of trash from the banks of the Ohio River, and the ACL team looks forward to joining Living Lands & Waters again this fall for another river cleanup.
ACL is a proud co-sponsor of RiverWorks Discovery and supporter of its mission of educating people about our nation’s great rivers. At ACL, our operating priorities are safety and protection of the marine environment, which is the very lifeblood of our business. We are committed to supporting and working with RiverWorks Discovery and others dedicated to restoring and preserving our inland waterways and educating the public on the importance of river commerce, conservation and culture.
ACL is proud to have represented RiverWorks Discovery at the annual Adventures in Water Festival, where over 2,000 children are educated each year on river conservation, commerce and culture. We are also pleased to have participated in Who Works the Rivers events, educating high school students of the career opportunities available on the river.
Did you know that after beginning your career on the river as a deckhand, you can work your way up to the position of towboat captain within as few as five years through ACL’s Steersman Program, which offers the opportunity to more than triple your entry-level salary and become the leader of a towboat crew?
Ellen Rossi firstname.lastname@example.org 412.553.7703
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA for nearly 125 years, EQT is one of the largest natural gas exploration and production companies in Appalachia. EQT and the EQT Foundation are committed to the social and economic vitality throughout our operating areas in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky. For the past decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principals of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts..
In 2013, the Foundation awarded nearly $4 million in grants. Since it was established in 2003, the Foundation has contributed more than $24 million to nonprofits throughout our five-state operating area to provide support for projects that help make a difference with critical issues facing our communities.
Initially in 2011
The EQT Foundation is proud to partner with RWD on educational programs because, like RWD, EQT is committed to the conservation and protection of our regional rivers and watersheds. We are dedicated to managing the use of water in EQT Corporation’s activities in an environmentally responsible manner, and we commend and support RWD in its efforts to help educate families and children about this precious resource that plays an essential role in their lives.
Through a partnership with RWD and the Environmental Research Center at West Virginia University, the EQT Foundation provided funding for educational outreach programs that will touch several thousand families and children throughout West Virginia. The hands-on, educational activities will help young people reconnect with the waterways in their own backyards, teaching them about the aquatic environment and the importance of protecting it for years to come.
Lena Coradini AVP, Claims & Safety
Ingram Barge Company, headquartered in Nashville, TN, is the leading carrier on America’s inland waterways, and operates a fleet of approximately 140 towboats and 5,000 barges that transport coal, aggregates, grain, fertilizer, ores, alloys, steel products and chemicals.
In the past 5 years, our associates logged 6200 volunteer hours at community & environmental-related events. We reduced or recycled 6.5M gallons of oil, recycled 42,000 lbs. of lock line, diverted 91K tons of metal from landfills through recycling, restored 5,000 acres of wetland and recycled 3,300 lbs. of batteries. Ingram also increased fuel efficiency 11.8% by moving one ton of cargo 73 miles per gallon of diesel farther than even the barge industry average.
2007 – Our first RWD booth was at the Nashville Dragon Boat races in 2007.
Ingram is committed to remaining an industry leader in environmental stewardship, and we love teaching those in our communities about barging – the safest, most energy-efficient mode of transportation. In addition, we work with other industry organizations to reach citizens and our policymakers to ensure the vitality of our rivers, locks and dams for anyone who currently enjoys, recreationally, or who works on the nation’s rivers, but also for generations to come. It’s important that when policymakers are dealing with river issues that the public understands the issues and supports river use. Ours goals align with the goals of RiverWorks Discovery to educate children and their families about the commerce, culture, and conservation of the great rivers and their watersheds. And when children learn to care for our waterways, they will naturally share this love with their families.
Sponsor of RiverWorks Discovery traveling exhibit at Adventure Science Center in Nashville, TN.
In today’s barge industry, more than 33,000 people are employed aboard tugs & towboats. 30,000 are employed by shipyards. The amount of soybeans carried in one typical barge can create enough feed for more than 4,300 turkeys for an entire year. One typical barge can carry 1500 tons of cement, enough to build 18 miles of sidewalk.
Mary Ann Bucci email@example.com 412-201-7331
The PPC office is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; it has 5 employees; 15 commissioners. The Executive Director is Steve Martinko. The PPC’s mission is to promote the commercial use and development of the inland waterway-intermodal transportation system and to integrate that system into the economic, recreational, environmental and intermodal future of the residents and industries of southwestern Pennsylvania.
The Port of Pittsburgh Commission endeavors to support educational activities and programs for students, as well as other forms of community outreach. Sponsoring and promoting RWD is one way of doing that. In addition, the PPC works closely with RiverQuest by supporting its local events which always utilizes RWD materials. Upcoming events in conjunction with RiverQuest for 2015 include: Venture Outdoors Festival in May; Fayette County Children’s Water Festival in May; Carnegie Library Summer Reading Festival in June; Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta in July; Alcosan Open House in September; and Head of the Ohio Regatta in October. The PPC also sponsored and helped develop the RWD Port of Pittsburgh Logbook educational tool.
Participates in Who Works the Rivers since the program’s inception in Pittsburgh in 2010. The program is offered twice a year and we have enjoyed greater student participation with each event. The most recent event was hosted by the Gateway Clipper Fleet in October 2014. We enjoy working with the other program participants that include: AmerherstMadison, AEP River Operations, Cummins, Gateway Clipper Fleet, Ingram Barge Company, Murray Transportation Company, RiverQuest, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The Port of Pittsburgh is the second largest inland port in the nation.
Chris Bushhorn 205-391-1138
Parker Towing Company has become one of the largest barge lines in the Southeast. We operate on the Inland Western Rivers and the Gulf Inter-Coastal Waterways. Overall, Parker Towing Company employs approximately 280 people between river fleet, port, ship repair and machine operations.
This year we are celebrating our 75th anniversary! What started off as a company that had just one sternwheel steamboat has now grown into one of the largest barge lines in the Southeast, launching the region’s most powerful fleet of towboats.
Introduced to RWD by one of our major customers and realized the significant local benefits for our industry from our involvement.
We participated in the Who Works the River Career Fair in 2014 and plan to participate in it again this year!
You would need to travel 396 miles on the Warrior Tombigbee, Black Warrior River to get from Mobile, AL. to our Port Birmingham Operations Facility.
Hannah Chotin Macgowan 504-324-6803
Canal Barge Company was founded in 1933 with 1 tank barge, the CBC-1. Today, we employ approximately 760 employees who hail from 25 different states and have 6 distinct business lines including an international division providing marine consulting services to a client in Colombia. Our core business remains Liquid Cargo operations, but we also transport dry bulk and deck cargos. We have two business lines based in the Chicago-land area: Canal Terminal Company (a state-of-the-art bulk liquid storage facility with multi-modal access and laboratory services) and Illinois Marine Towing (the premiere waterline services provider for the Chicago market). Between CBC and IMT, we own and operate 38 inland towboats and over 800 barges. We have 6 office locations: New Orleans, LA (CBC Headquarters); Belle Chasse, LA (CBC Operations Headquarters); Sulphur, LA (brand new facility supporting CBC Operations); Lemont, IL (Illinois Marine Towing Headquarters); Lemont, IL (IMT Shipyard); Channahon, IL (Canal Terminal Company).
We are committed to being responsible citizens in the communities in which we live and work. A big part of that is ensuring future generations are aware of our industry’s contributions to the American quality of life and the career and development opportunities the river industry can offer through the involvement of our people in their communities.
We were happy to participate in the “Who Works the Rivers” Job Fair in New Orleans for the 2nd year in a row.
With a schedule of 28 days on the boat and 28 days at home, you can essentially have half of the year off to enjoy at home or with your family. Hardworking, motivated and diligent mariners can advance their career in many ways including developing from a green deckhand to a captain in approximately 7 to 10 years, quadrupling their starting salary.
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The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development. Industry: Utilities FY 2014 Sales Revenues: $11 billion FY 2014 Power Sales: 158 billion kWh FY 2014 Peak Load:33,352 MW Financing: Receives no appropriated tax dollars Employees:11,260 (as of Oct. 1, 2014) Taxes: Paid more than $533 million in tax equivalent payments in fiscal year 2014
The RWD program was created to educate children on the value of rivers in a fun, exciting and memorable way. As stewards of the Tennessee River, TVA understands how important the next generation is to protecting our unique resources, and teaching them to love the water is critical. We are pleased to help RWD bring their messages of conservation, recreation and economic impact to schools and the public across the region, as it fits well with our mission of service to the people of the Tennessee Valley.
During 2015, nearly 10,000 schoolchildren received free presentations at schools in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. RWD storytellers John Ferguson and Susan Fowler used words, songs and movement to tell the story of the Tennessee River and TVA’s role on the river.
Did you know that TVA hires all kinds of people in water-related fields on and around the Tennessee River and its tributaries? We have aquatic biologists, water quality specialists and a whole host of highly-skilled people who operate our dams every day.
Becca Martin 952-742-4158v
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and 150 years of experience. We have 153,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit Cargill.com and our News Center.
In 1865, William Wallace Cargill became the owner of a single grain warehouse in Conover, Iowa, at the end of the McGregor Western Railroad. Today, the company he founded, now one of the largest privately-held enterprises in the world, is in the midst of celebrating its 150th anniversary!
“We became involved with RWD because we believe it is important for people to understand how important our rivers are to the nation—not just for commercial navigation, but for the environment, flood control, irrigation, and water supply for cities, towns and recreation. RWD provides the perfect forum to bring all of those respective views together to better educate our young people– and all of us—the importance of preserving our rivers in the years ahead. “ –Rick Calhoun
In 2012, Cargill donated $200K to support RWD’s national traveling exhibit.
In the event of a waterways system shut down, the country would lose about 541,000 jobs worth $29 billion. The rivers are important to people and the economy.