Parker Towing has expanded its inland barge towage fleet in the US with the completion of a new towboat
The Alabama-headquartered tugboat and barge owner has taken delivery of Jared Phillips towboat from FMT Shipyard & Repair. Jared Phillips was built in Harvey, Louisiana where FMT has a facility on the Harvey Canal, between the Lower Mississippi River and Intracoastal Waterway.
This towboat has a pair of Caterpillar main engines driving propellers through reduction gears for towing barges along the Mississippi River.
Several companies supplied equipment and services during Jared Phillips’ construction with Eagle Hydraulic Services supplying the full electric-over-hydraulic steering system, Carboline Paint supplied coatings and Wheelhouse Electronics kitting out the towboat’s bridge.
Family owned Parker Towing is one of the largest barge lines in the US, operating a fleet of towboats and over 400 open and covered hopper and tank barges. It transports commodities including coal, steel and steel-related products, aggregates, forest products, grain products, cement, asphalt and other petroleum products.
It also operates terminals for loading and unloading barges at several locations in Alabama and Tennessee. These terminals handle a broad range of dry cargo commodities and provide an intermodal link between barges, trucks and rail.
A month ago, Parker Towing kicked off its Workin’ The Edge safety campaign to heighten awareness and prevent man overboard events on inland waterways. This new programme requires deckhands to notify wheelhouse crew they will be working on the perimeter of a tow and for a wheelman to acknowledge they are aware and will remain vigilant. This was launched as accident risks increase in northern hemisphere winter months due to challenges such as high-water events, severe winds, rain, and ice.
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