Completion of Emission Reduction Program for Towboats Showcased at Memphis Today Six Ingram vessels in EPA initiative for clean air

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Ingram Barge Company and the Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee (MRCT) are working together as part of an air emissions reduction program for towboats operating on the Mississippi River. Funding for this effort was awarded to MRCT by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of the Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program.

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Ingram is proud to have joined forces with MRCT and the other project partners to demonstrate new ways to further reduce the pollution associated with river transportation, which is already the most environmentally friendly mode of bulk freight transportation

Officials of Ingram Barge Company and the Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee (MRCT) today announced the results of an air emissions reduction program for towboats operating on the Mississippi River. Funding for this effort was awarded to MRCT by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program.

Mississippi River Corridor – Tennessee is a non-profit organization that works on economic development and land and wildlife preservation in the six West Tennessee counties that border the Mississippi River. The diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) units were manufactured by Environmental Solutions Worldwide Inc., a retrofit technology provider. Testing of the units was performed by Emisstar, an energy and emissions consultancy.

Ingram participated in the program by retrofitting six towboats in its industry-leading inland marine fleet with a unique DOC and closed crank case emission control system. The device fits inside the exhaust system of a towboat engine and reduces the amount of pollution resulting from burning diesel fuel.

Today, an Ingram towboat, the Motor Vessel Patricia I. Hart, which is equipped with the new DOC system, was available for public inspection at Mud Island River Park at 101 North Island Drive.

Representatives from the project partners also discussed results of the program, including announcing significant reductions in particulates, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons from exhaust emissions from the retrofitted vessels. Emissions testing has shown that the new DOC systems exhibited average particulate matter reductions of more than 40 percent and carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon reductions of more than 60 percent.

“Ingram is proud to have joined forces with MRCT and the other project partners to demonstrate new ways to further reduce the pollution associated with river transportation, which is already the most environmentally friendly mode of bulk freight transportation,” said David Sehrt, Ingram Barge’s Chief Operating Officer.    

Mr. Sehrt noted that Ingram’s participation in the EPA’s Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program is part of the company’s overall commitment to environmental sustainability.

In February, Ingram was named as one of the first marine transportation companies to be accepted as a partner in the EPA’s SmartWay Program. Launched in 2004, the EPA program identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions.

Ingram Barge Company is the leading carrier on America's inland waterways. Ingram operates a fleet of more than 100 line haul towboats and over 4,000 barges to transport coal, aggregates, grain, fertilizer, ores, alloys, steel products and chemicals. Ingram Materials operates a sand and gravel dredging and distribution enterprise serving Tennessee markets. Custom Fuel Services operates 11 floating fueling stations on the Mississippi and Ohio River Systems and provides marine fuels, lubricants, and other miscellaneous services to towboats, barges, stevedoring rigs, and ships. In addition, Ingram owns a ship anchorage in Louisiana and several bulk commodities terminals. For more information, please visit http://www.ingrambarge.com

Contact: Keel Hunt 615-321-3110

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