The largest inland and offshore tank-barge shipping company in the U.S. is getting a new additon to its fleet just in time for Christmas thanks to Fincantier Bay Shipbuilding. The Sturgeon Bay shipyard delivered the tug, RONNIE MURPH, and the barge, KIRBY, to Kirby Corporation, based in Houston, Texas. That marks the end of a three-year construction process. Todd Thayse, Vice President and General Manager, says completing the vessels as the extended shipping season and 2018 come to an end is a credit to the yard and its employees.
The vessel is the third 155,000 gallon tug-barge system built for Kirby Corporation by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Kirby Corporation operates fleets on the Mississippi River and on all U.S. coastal waters.