Main Iron Works building four pushboats for Kirby


The following is text of a news release from Main Iron Works:

(HOUMA, La.) — Cenac Marine Services in Houma, La., recently announced a signed contract for Main Iron Works to build four inland towboats for Kirby Inland Marine. Work on the vessels has already started, and the pushboats are scheduled to be completed in August, October and December 2018.

All four vessels will be 2,680-hp twin propeller conventional towboats measuring 88 feet by 35 feet by 12 feet and will be added to Kirby’s inland towboat fleet. They will be utilized in the transportation of a variety of petrochemicals, refined products, oils and liquid fertilizers.

Kirby’s inland service area spans America’s inland waterway network including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Mississippi River, the Illinois River, the Ohio River and numerous other waterways. Kirby currently operates 998 active inland tank barges and 302 active towboats.

By Professional Mariner Staff