Kirby Inland Marine operates the nation’s largest fleet of inland tank barges and towing vessels. Petrochemicals, such as styrene, benzene and methanol; liquid fertilizer, including anhydrous ammonia; refined products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel; black oil, such as asphalt, No. 6 fuel oil, crude oil and coker fuel; and pressurized products, such as butane, propane and butadiene, are transported efficiently and safely from producers to intermediaries to end users.

Kirby’s service area spans America’s inland waterway network: The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Mississippi River, the Illinois River, the Ohio River and numerous other waterways. Kirby operates 1,003 active inland tank barges and 285 active towing vessels. Kirby represents the industry leader in safety, customer service and environmental protection.

Kirby Inland Marine Operates

1,003 Active Inland Tank Barges
285 active towing vessels
21.8 million barrels of capacity

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Why Kirby

Kirby Inland Marine seeks opportunities where it can add value to the transportation services it provides. Safety and environmental protection are of paramount importance for Kirby and our customers. With respect to these issues, Kirby’s record is exemplary, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Coast Guard in awarding Kirby the first William M. Benkert Award in 1995.

The operating segments comprising Kirby Inland Marine have been certified through a program called International Quality Standard, ISO 9002. ISO certification is difficult to attain, requiring many hours of hard work. The pay off is consistent and reliable service, safer operations and lower costs.

In 1998 Kirby became certified under the AWO Responsible Carrier Program. The AWO Responsible Carrier Program insures the implementation of a comprehensive safety management system through the use of 3rd party auditors.

Kirby prides itself on having the best-trained crews and support staff in the industry, providing both formal classroom and hands-on instruction at the Kirby Training Center in Houston, Texas.

As a leader in our industry, Kirby Inland Marine maintains a strong presence in industry programs, regulations and legislation that affect both our operating environment and that of our customers.

With qualifications like these, Kirby Inland Marine has clearly made a strong commitment to be the premier marine transportation company, making your choice for marine transportation services in the United States an obvious one.



The primary cargoes transported by this fleet are chemicals, petrochemical feedstocks, gasoline additives, refined petroleum products, liquid fertilizer, black oil and pressurized products. This fleet represents the broadest capabilities in the marine inland tank barge industry to satisfy customers’ diverse needs.

Kirby Inland Marine is the supplier most likely to have a barge and towboat available nearest a customer’s pickup point and, through a centralized dispatching system, can minimize repositioning and power costs. Kirby Inland Marine brings these operating efficiencies to serve our customers.

Where We Operate

The United States inland waterway system extends 26,000 miles, with 12,000 miles used for significant domestic commerce. This navigable waterway system links the United States heartland to the world. Kirby’s primary inland distribution area encompasses the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Brownsville, Texas, to St. Marks, Florida, plus the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Kirby Inland Marine is capable of transporting liquid bulk cargoes from one end of this inland waterway network to the other without a change of carrier.

How We Operate


Kirby Inland Marine’s Canal operation encompasses the transportation of petrochemical feedstocks, black oil, pressurized products, processed chemicals and refined products along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Mississippi River below Baton Rouge, and in the Houston Ship Channel. Typical service includes the movement of petrochemical feedstocks between refineries and the delivery of processed chemicals and feedstocks to chemical plants and waterfront terminals. A canal tow consists of one to five barges, pushed by an 800 to 2200 horsepower towboat.


Kirby Inland Marine’s River operation transports petrochemical feedstocks, processed chemicals, refined petroleum products and agricultural chemicals along the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio and Arkansas Rivers. A river unit tow typically includes four to eight barges, pushed by a 2000 to 5600 horsepower towboat. River unit tows are generally considered “dedicated”, with the same barges and towboat used for each trip.


Kirby Inland Marine’s Linehaul operation transports petrochemical feedstocks, processed chemicals, agricultural chemicals and lube oils along the Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio Rivers, as well as the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. A linehaul canal tow usually comprises three to five barges with a 1400 to 2200 horsepower towboat.  A linehaul river tow is much longer, consisting of 10 to 25 barges and using a 3000 to 5600 horsepower towboat. The linehaul river tow functions similarly to a freight train, dropping off and picking up barges as it moves up and down the river.

Typically, loaded barges containing products from Gulf Coast refineries and petrochemical plants are collected in the lower Mississippi River area near Baton Rouge, Louisiana and transported up river to river-front terminals and plants on the Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio Rivers.

Pressurized Fleet

Kirby operates the largest pressurized fleet in the U.S. These pressurized barges can handle products requiring pressures up to 265 psi. Kirby tankermen and shore personnel are specially trained in pressurized transportation technology and have a safety record that is among the best in the industry. Kirby is the leader in the technology of marine transportation of pressurized products. Transporting your pressurized products via Kirby ensures that your products will be delivered safely and reliably.

Black Oil Fleet

Kirby’s fleet of black oil barges is equipped to handle the requirements of a wide range of product characteristics. Many of these barges feature high-capacity pumps and onboard heating systems for viscous oils including asphalt. Such flexibility contributes to Kirby’s ability to satisfy our customer’s needs for transporting a wide range of cargo viscosities. Refiners along the Gulf Coast count on Kirby for efficient delivery of black oils to meet their refining schedules.

Ship Bunkering Fleet (Fueling of Ships)

Ship owners and bunker suppliers rely on Kirby’s fleet of bunkering barges, one of the largest along the Gulf Coast. These barges feature flow-through booms and are dispatched and deployed using a satellite communications system. This system also provides customers with up-to-the-minute position and scheduling information. You can trust Kirby for on-time bunkering to help you control your total cost of operations.


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Sales Contacts
Christian O’Neil

President, Kirby Inland Marine, LP


Mel Jodeit

Executive Vice President – KIM Marketing


Clean Products
Patrick Kelly

Vice President – KIM Sales


Cliff Stanich

Vice President – KIM Sales


Toby Whitehead

Vice President – KIM Sales


Jason Kunz

General Manager – Sales


Brian Benoit

Sales Manager – Clean Products


J.D. Futch

Sales Manager – Clean Products


Linda Young

Sales Manager – Clean Products


Trent Derise

Equipment Optimization Manager


Black Oil
Lyle Marshall

Vice President – Sales


Jack Swiggett

Sales Manager – Bunkering / Pressure


Emiliano Zapata

Sales Manager – Black Oil


River Refined
Steve Butts

Vice President – KIM Sales


Jesse Outlaw

Sales Manager – River Refined Products


Jessica Stanfield

Sales Manager – Ag Chemicals


Operations Contacts
Jim Guidry

Executive Vice President, Vessel Operations – Marine Transportation Group


Todd Behlke

Vice President – Canal Operations


Kyle Buese

General Manager – River Operations


Jimbo Giddens

Operations Manager – River Operations


James Hard

Operations Manager – Canal Operations


Troy Chapman

Vetting Supervisor


Tara Kilgore

Crew Logistics Supervisor


Billy Shaver

Personnel Manager


Logistics Management Contacts
Craig Foret

Vice President, Logistics Management


Bryce Goolsby

General Manager, Logistics Management


Steven Caruselle

Manager – Barge Operations & Environmental


Anthony HunterOperations Manager – Fleets


Shari Don Austin

Facilities Manager


Clay Scott

Supervisor Corpus Christi Operations


Operations Personnel And Training Contacts
Gordie Keenan

Vice President – Training


Sharon Pruitt

Crew Development Manager


Kenny Shaver

General Manager – Operations Personnel and Training


Kelly Cleaver

Recruiting Manager


John Moyle

Manager – Licensing and Upgrading


Traffic Contacts
Richard Northcutt

Vice President – Sales HP Management


Jaclyn Dawson

Traffic Services Supervisor


Tim Linehan

HP Manager West Canal


Jeff Seymour

Sales Manager – Towing


Buddy Shepherd

HP Manager – River Units


William Swinney

Customer Service Manager


Pat Tierney

HP Manager East Canal


Vendor Contacts