Ergon Companies Provided Assistance During Vicksburg Barge Incident

Tue., Feb 19, 2013

When two unaffiliated barges carrying crude oil collided with a Vicksburg, Mississippi, rail bridge on January 27, 2013, Ergon companies were among the first to respond.

Ergon Marine & Industrial Supply, Inc. (EMIS), and Magnolia Marine Transport Company (MMT), came to the assistance of the damaged vessels at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard. The accident resulted in the closure of a 16-mile stretch of the lower Mississippi River and delays for hundreds of vessels. Crews from EMIS and MMT assisted the Coast Guard in the containment and recovery efforts that followed.

“Lengthy closures can effectively shut down industry on the river, so it was important that we help resolve the problem as quickly as possible,” said Danny Koestler, Vice President – Ergon Marine & Industrial Supply, Inc. “The Coast Guard can always depend on us to respond to such incidents, just as we depend on their expertise and leadership in these situations.”

EMIS has a history of responding to emergencies along the Mississippi River. In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security and United States Coast Guard presented the company with the Meritorious Public Service Award for coordinating emergency responses and recovering drifting barges. Crews from EMIS and MMT also endured the historic river flood of 2011.

The Coast Guard reopened the river to traffic on February 2, and cleanup operations were completed February 7. Ergon customers were not affected by the closure.

About Ergon, Inc.
Ergon, Inc., is a privately held company and operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminaling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, and Corporate & Other.

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