Shipper goes pink with Ceres Barge to move transformer

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The following is the text of a news release from Business Wire: 

(GRAPEVINE, Texas) — BNSF Logistics LLC, DBA Albacor Shipping U.S., was issued a contract to transport one transformer from the Port of New Orleans to Vassel Substation, located near Columbus, Ohio. The transformer weighed a total of 525,800 pounds with dimensions of 32' L x 12'6 W x 16' H and was unable to be cleared for rail service from New Orleans. BNSF Logistics contracted with Ceres Barge to arrange the transportation of the transformer to Mt. Vernon, IN, where it was able to be cleared.

For the move from New Orleans to Mt. Vernon, BNSF Logistics requested the use of the Big Hope 1, a bright pink, Ceres-owned barge meant to create cancer awareness everywhere it travels. BNSF Logistics also provided a donation to the Mary Crowley organization, a cancer research center which offers patients access to innovating clinical trials under the oversight of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To learn more about Big Hope 1 and the Mary Crowley organization, please visit

"We were pleased to be able to raise cancer awareness and fulfill our goal of being a good corporate citizen in the course of providing our customer with an innovative logistics solution," said President of BNSF Logistics Ray Greer.

By Professional Mariner Staff