Campbell Christens New Tow Boats & Dry Dock

Inland Port Magazine
Issue III 2013

The MV Alice Jean and the MV Renee Lynn (top).

Campbell Transportation recently christened two newbuild, state-of-the-art towboats and a drydock. This marks the first new vessel construction in Pittsburgh in 30 years, a significant investment that will help create jobs and benefit the economy.

The drydock was partially built with a small shipyard grant from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and constructed at the Campbell Transportation shipyard in Congo, West Virginia. The construction of the two towboats at the Campbell shipyard in Dunlevy, Pennsylvania, also benefitted indirectly from stimulus money provided through MARAD in 2009 for new industrial fabrication. Representatives from MARAD christened the drydock and a number of representatives of Pennsylva­nia and West Virginia's elected federal officials attended the christening ceremony.

The two new towboats, MV Renee Lynn and MV Alice Jean, were constructed to comply with new U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M inspection regulations. The towboats are named after the wife and the mother of two long-term employees of Campbell Transportation – Renee Lynn Grizzel, wife of Steve Grizzel, Director of Human Resources; and Alice Jean Cori­gliano, mother of Ron Corigliano, Director of Regulatory Compliance.

"We are pleased and proud to name both these towboats after family members of two such dedicated and hardworking members of our Campbell Transportation family," said Chairman and CEO Peter Stephaich. "We think it is a fitting tribute to their years of service that these workboats will service the Pittsburgh region and beyond for many years to come, pushing cargoes like coal to help fuel the utilities and businesses on which our economy depends, and creating jobs."