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    ACL to begin transporting Canadian crude by inland barge to Gulf Coast for oil sands company MEG Energy
    23 December 2012
    American Commercial Lines (ACL) will begin transporting crude oil by barge on the US inland waterways for MEG Energy (US) Inc. (MEG Energy), a subsidiary of the Canadian oil sands company MEG Energy Corp. Crude oil will arrive primarily via pipeline and will be transferred to barges at storage terminals located on the inland waterways for transport by ACL to the Gulf Coast.

    ACL is dedicating new tank barges built by its manufacturing division Jeffboat into service for MEG Energy, as well as newly repowered and refurbished towboats.

    One tank barge has the cargo capacity of 46 rail cars or 144 trucks, ACL said (about 27,600 barrels). Viewed another way, two tank barges have almost the capacity of a unit train of 100 tank cars (earlier post). In 2011, ACL launched the first in a series of tanker barges to be constructed at its Jeffboat manufacturing facility through 2012 to replace retiring fleet capacity.

    The first of the barges, launched on May 2012, was a clean service tanker with a capacity of 30,000 barrels. It included a redesigned stainless steel piping system and a new radial rake design that will also be found on the tankers the company plans to build through the end of 2013.

    In April 2012, ACL purchased eight 20,000 barrel capacity tank barges from SeaRiver Maritime Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, to expand its fleet of 325 tank barges to meet mid-range demands.

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