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Tennessee Shipping Company Plans to Build 20 New Barges in 2015

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A Nashville-based cargo shipping company has announced production of a new fleet of barges next year. 

Ingram Barge Company announced today their plans to build 20 new tank barges in 2015.

While most of the company’s recent tank barges have come through acquisitions, this continued expansion in their barge fleet coincides with a 10-year plan that began in 2007 to build barges with Trinity Industries and maintain fleet size even as current barges reach retirement age.

The new barges are also in response to a growing demand for chemical shipments brought on by inexpensive natural gas prices. 

Ingram Barge CEO Orrin Ingram says the upcoming investment would provide more barges for the petrochemical industry throughout the inland river system.

“The petrochemical industry remains strong and is one of our strategic areas for investment,” said Ingram. “We’re building to replace retiring barges and to grow with our customers.”

Overall, Ingram has nearly 5,000 barges transporting dry cargo such as coal, grain, fertilizers and steel on waterways throughout the region. 

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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