ACBL Rechristens Three N e w l y Acquired River Towboats
American Commercial Barge Lines (ACBL), headquartered in Jeffersonville, Ind., recently christened three towboats that it purchased from other companies. The renaming ceremonies for two of the vessels—the MV Don Stephens (ex- Miss Rosie) and the MV Al Pannier (ex-MV United States)—were held in Cairo, 111. The third boat, the MV Mike Breen (ex-Miss Dee) was rechristened in Louisville, Ky.
The Breen, powered by two 16V 92 Detroit Diesel engines with a total output of 1,560 bhp, is named for Mike Breen, ACBL's superintendent of boat maintenance. The Stephens, as sister vessel of the Breen with the same power plant, is named for Don Stephens, currently master of the ACBL towboat W.T. Toutant, which operates mainly on the Mississippi River. The Pannier, formerly the 180- foot towboat MV United States that was built for Federal Barge Lines by St. Louis Ship and delivered in 1958, is named for Al Pannier, general manager of Louisiana Dock Company, a marine supply, repair, and fleeting operation in Cairo. Both LDC and ACBL are subsidiaries of American Commercial Lines, Inc. of Jeffersonville.
The Breen and the Stephens will continue to serve as operating towboats. The Pannier, whose four diesels (10,500 total bhp) have been removed, will be used as a floating office quarters moored at Louisiana Dock's facility at mile 975 on the Ohio River near Cairo.