New AWO video highlights importance of towing industry

The following is text of a news release from the American Waterways Operators (AWO):

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The American Waterways Operators has released a video highlighting the importance of the country's tugboat, towboat and barge industry.

The video – part of the Spotlight On educational video series – discusses the vital contributions of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry to our nation's economy and security. Released as AWO celebrates its 75th anniversary as the industry trade association, "Spotlight On: America's Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry" began airing on PBS affiliate stations across the country this summer.

"Barge transportation is the unsung hero of America's transportation system," AWO's Executive Vice President and COO Jennifer Carpenter explains in the video. "Most Americans haven't seen a barge, or a towboat, or a tugboat, but benefit from barge transportation every day."

AWO President and CEO Tom Allegretti commented: "Every day, the men and women of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry work tirelessly as a driving force behind our nation's economy and as partners to help secure our nation's waterways. We are excited that this video will help tell their tremendous story to Americans across the country."

You can view the full video by clicking here.

By Professional Mariner Staff