Environmental

Marine transportation is a good news story

Marine transportation is the cleanest, safest and most efficient mode of surface transportation in the U.S., with far fewer impacts on the population than truck or rail.

Barge tows move more cargo than alternatives…

Using less fuel and with fewer emissions

“Do the Right Thing” is a key Kirby value

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From an environmental and human impact perspective, safety is the foundation
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Our philosophy is that we are managing for success in perpetuity
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We invest in training and developing our workforce
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We promote sound public policy for our industry segments

Going Above and Beyond

Marine Transportation

 

Kirby implemented usage of low-sulfur diesel on all vessels in 2012

All tank barges are double hulled to better prevent environmental spills

Voluntary usage of 6 psi vs. 3 psi barges (the industry standard) virtually eliminate cargo vapor emissions

Company policy does not allow for the discharge of bilge overboard, even if the vessel is equipped with an oil-water separator

Ongoing boat and engine replacement program improves efficiencies and reduces emissions

Barge cleaning facility goes well beyond regulatory standards

Reducing, reusing and recycling are integral to our practices

Kirby serves as a leader in numerous industry organizations that help define industry regulations and improve air and water quality

Large fleet and scale reduces unnecessary emissions and waste

Dedicated product tows reduce cleaning between cargos

Smaller fleeting boats reduce fuel consumption and emissions

Linehaul service improves barge to boat ratio

Distribution and Services

 

Largest manufacturer of frac units with Tier 4 engines, achieving higher EPA standards

Noise reduction fracturing units reduce up to 14 dBA at 100 feet

Bi-fuel powered fracturing units have a 70 to 80% diesel to natural gas conversion rate

Industry leading electric powered fracturing units reduce NOx emissions by 99%

LED lighting installed in key facilities reduced energy consumption by 35-40%

Paint and solvent re-use and recycling reduces waste by-products by 95% and recovers 99% of solvents for re-use