Ingram Barge executives last week said they plan to build 20 tank barges in 2015 to help them handle the demand for chemical shipments. Since 2007, the company has been working with Trinity Industries to replace aging barges but the plans for the coming year go beyond that because of the growth in the chemical liquids sector.
“The petrochemical industry remains strong and is one of our strategic areas for investment,” said Ingram Barge CEO Orrin Ingram. “We’re building to replace retiring barges and to grow with our customers.”
Ingram runs nearly 5,000 barges on the nation's inland river system and also transports dry cargo such as coal, grain, fertilizers and steel.
Flood waters have forced many of Nashville-based Ingram Barge's boats to sit idle. WPLN reports that locks were closed in parts of the Tennessee, Ohio and Cumberland Rivers — and that it could be a week and a half before river traffic returns to normal. See the full report at this link.