Inland Marine

Kirby Inland Marine operates the nation’s largest fleet of inland tank barges and towing vessels which efficiently and safely transport petrochemicals, refined products, black oil, and agricultural chemicals from producers to intermediaries to end users.

Kirby’s service area spans America’s inland waterway network which extends 26,000 miles, of which 12,000 miles is 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 (the “canal”) from Brownsville, Texas, to St. Marks, Florida, plus the Mississippi River and its tributaries, including the Ohio and Illinois Rivers. 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.

Kirby Inland Marine Operates

as of June 30, 2019

Active Inland Tank Barges

Active Towing Vessels

Million Barrels of Capacity

Why Kirby

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Industry leader in safety, customer service and environmental protection

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High quality blue-chip customer portfolio

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Largest tank barge fleet in the U.S. provides flexibility, higher asset utilization, faster turnarounds, and diversity of barge products

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Centralized dispatch provides dedicated operations and customer support 24/7

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Significant infrastructure including:

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22 fleet locations across the U.S. across America’s waterway network with a capacity for over 800 barge spots

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Tankering services

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Barge cleaning facilities

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Fueling docks

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Shipyard

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U.S. Coast Guard accredited training center with an in-house wheelhouse simulator

How We Operate

Unit Tows

Kirby’s unit tow operation transports petrochemical feedstocks, black oil, pressurized products, chemicals, and refined products with barges assigned to a dedicated towboat for a single customer. Unit tows operate similar to a taxi service for one customer.  The service provides non-stop transit, faster delivery, and route flexibility. A unit tow on the canal typically consists of one to three barges, pushed by an 800 to 3000 horsepower towboat. A river unit tow typically includes two to six barges, pushed by a 2000 to 5600 horsepower towboat.

Linehaul

Kirby’s linehaul operation transports petrochemical feedstocks, chemicals, and lube oils for multiple customers on a pre-determined route with a shared towboat.  Linehaul tows operate similar to a passenger bus, with barges being dropped off and picked up along the route. A linehaul tow on the canal 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.

Products We Move

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Refined Products

Black Oil

Petrochemicals

Agricultural Chemicals

Sales Contacts

Christian O’Neil

President

Mel Jodeit

Executive Vice President

Clean Products

Cliff Stanich

Vice President – Linehaul

Toby Whitehead

Vice President – Canal

Patrick Kelly

Vice President

Steve Butts

Vice President – River Chemicals

Jason Kunz

General Manager

Brian Benoit

General Manager

J.D. Futch

Sales Manager

Linda Young

Sales Manager

Trent Derise

Equipment Optimization Manager

Black Oil

Lyle Marshall

Vice President

Emiliano Zapata

Sales Manager

Jack Swiggett

Sales Manager – Bunkering

Refined Products / Crude

Steve Butts

Vice President – Crude

Cecil Wattigney

Vice President – Refined Products

Jesse Outlaw

Sales Manager – Refined Products and Crude

Colt Clary

Sales Manager – Refined Products

Pressure

Lyle Marshall

Vice President

Jack Swigget

Sales Manager

Fertilizer/Ammonia

Steve Butts

Vice President

Coby Schoettlin

Sales Manager

Operations Contacts

Jim Guidry

Executive Vice President, Vessel Operations

Todd Behlke

Vice President – 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 Hunter

Operations 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

Elizabeth Carlson

Recruiting Manager

John Moyle

Manager – Licensing and Upgrading

Brooke Russell

Occupational Health Nurse

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