Cooper Marine adds powerful Tenn-Tom towboat to fleet

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Crimson White II, a 4,600-hp towing vessel and one of the largest vessels operating on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, was recently added to Cooper Marine’s fleet. Cooper Marine, headquartered in Mobile, Ala., is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Cooper Group Inc.

Formerly operated as Jinx P. Smith, Crimson White II is a 108-foot-long towing vessel powered by EMD engines. The vessel is fully compliant with U.S. Coast Guard regulatory requirements, including Subchapter M. The acquisition of Crimson White II expands Cooper Marine’s fleet to 41 towing vessels.

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“Acquiring the M/V Crimson White II bolsters our longstanding commitment of providing the industry’s most reliable barge affreightment services,” said Angus Cooper III, president of The Cooper Group. “Adding to our fleet one of the largest towing vessels currently operating on the Tenn-Tom provides our customers with continued assurance that Cooper Marine will always deliver the most reliable barge transportation services in the country.”

“As we continue to grow our world-class fleet with the addition of the M/V Crimson White II, we do so to best ensure our customers that they can continue to depend on Cooper Marine to offer the safest and most reliable barge transportation service in the industry,” said James Fowler, managing director of marine and stevedoring operations for Cooper Marine.

Cooper Marine’s operations are powered by 41 towing vessels, 450 hopper barges and one of the country’s largest fleets of dry-bulk gantry and floating derrick cranes. The company’s marine footprint includes the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Mississippi River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Black Warrior River, Tennessee River, Tombigbee River, Mobile River, Ohio River, Illinois River, Arkansas River and Cumberland River. Cooper Marine’s stevedoring operations include two deep-draft bulk cargo terminals in the Port of Mobile and numerous inland marine terminals throughout Alabama and Mississippi.

Crimson White II specifications

This 108-by-34-foot vessel is powered by two Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) engines. The vessel has a 50,000-plus-gallon fuel tank and is outfitted with six crew staterooms, 5.5 baths and a full galley arrangement. Crimson White II is also outfitted with a National Railway Equipment Power Systems alarm system.

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By Rich Miller