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Terral RiverService, Inc. Acquires Kinder Morgan’s River Assets

Terral RiverService, Inc. is pleased to announce the purchase of Kinder Morgan river assets in Blytheville, Arkansas and Decatur, Alabama. The purchase, which closed on December 31, 2017, includes three fleets: The Barfield fleet at mile marker 810 and the Hickman fleet at mile marker 823, both on the Lower Mississippi River, and the Decatur fleet at mile marker 298 on the Tennessee River.

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Terral RiverService, Inc. Expands Contract with Vulcan Materials, Inc.

As a result of our meeting on July 10, 2017, Terral RiverService and Vulcan Materials signed a new agreement in December expanding on their previous partnership.

Terral will now provide Vulcan with towing and offloading services in the Mid-America region, which primarily consists of Memphis, Tenn. and Tunica, Miss. In addition to towing and offloading, Terral will also provide stockpiling services at both locations.

Johnny Martin, COO of Terral RiverService, said, “This agreement increases our footprint in the unloading and handling side of the business. It also strengthens our transportation and towing division.”

The first strategic partnership between Terral and Vulcan was announced two years ago, when the companies began combining transportation services and aggregate marketing efforts. Through the first agreement, Terral started providing transportation services for Vulcan in Louisiana and along the gulf coast of Louisiana. This new agreement expands those services to additional locations.

“It is exciting to continue to grow the relationship between Vulcan Materials and Terral RiverService. The addition of Upper River towing and unloading services, will add great value to both companies,” said Butch Case, an Area Sales Manager at Vulcan Materials. “The future for this partnership to grow and expand into new opportunities and markets is unlimited and exciting!!”

Watch a video of our partnership in action as we work together to deliver and unload aggregates in Memphis on a previous job:

Featured Employee | Brandon Miller

Brandon Miller

Brandon Miller started working for Terral RiverService, Inc. in September of 2012. Before that, he worked in construction, which is how he first became acquainted with the company.

“Terral was bringing us the rock for asphalt, and I became really interested in getting on the river,” Brandon said.

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Terral Signs Contract With Nucor Corporation

Terral RiverService, Inc. recently started doing business with Nucor Corporation, one of the largest steel producers in the United States. Jeff Jeffcoat, Traffic Manager at Nucor, says the decision to partner with Terral RiverService came after his general manager asked him to look into more cost-effective modes of transportation.

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M/V Amy Gattle Crew Rescues Neighboring Vessel

On Tuesday, February 28th, crew members of Terral’s M/V Amy Gattle were able to assist in rescuing five crew members from a nearby vessel who had ended up in the water following a sinking skiff.

When Danny Burgeron, captain of the M/V Amy Gattle, saw the neighboring crew’s skiff had quite a few people standing on it, he asked his own crew to keep an eye on them to ensure they made it to their boat safely. Next thing Danny knew, a wave hit and the skiff overturned, taking the crew along with it.

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Featured Employee | Marshall Ramey

PHotograph of Marshall Ramey
Marshall Ramey, Captain of the M/V Amy T, has been with Terral RiverService since 2009.

“I first came over here as a trip pilot,” he said, “and they asked me to stay.”

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Featured Employee | Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen, Office Manager at our Tallulah location, has been with Terral RiverService since May of 1994.

A 1986 graduate of McCall High School, he was born and raised in Tallulah. In October of 1987, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and, after being honorably discharged, he and his wife of 32 years returned to Tallulah. He began working for Louisiana Power & Light, now known as Entergy La.

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Robin Hopkins: Celebrating 15 years at Terral RiverService, Inc.

Robin Hopkins

As of August of this year, Robin Hopkins has been with Terral RiverService for 15 years. Before this, she was working at a newspaper company in accounts—but she knew that it wasn’t where she wanted to be for the rest of her career.

“I wanted to go somewhere where I could advance, where I had opportunity,” she said. “That’s why I went to Terral.”

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Featured Employee | Chad Bordelon

Chad Bordelon

Chad Bordelon, Land Operations Manager at Terral RiverService, has been with the company since August of 1992. Chad oversees all unloading operations, and does everything from maintenance to coordinating the crews across locations.

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Terral Launches New Vessel, the M/V Hallie T.

On June 22nd the M/V Hallie T slid down the launching ramp and into the waters of Lake Ferguson, becoming the 9th towboat NewSouth Marine Construction has built for Terral RiverService.

The 92’x 30’ x 10’ 2000 horsepower, retractable wheelhouse boat can be seen operating along the Atchafalaya, Ouachita, and Red Rivers, as well as the Gulf Intracoastal Canal. The vessel’s namesake, Hallie Terral Miguez, is the daughter of the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Danny Terral.

The M/V Hallie T is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C32 marine propulsion engines with Twin Disc MG-5301 reduction gears, and the electrical power is provided by two John Deere 99kw generator sets. The boat has accommodations for a crew of six with four staterooms furnished with sleep number beds and 3 bathrooms.

“We are very excited to add the M/V Hallie T to our fleet,” said Johnny Martin, Chief Operating Officer at Terral. “The addition allows us to continue to grow our business and expand our service for customers wishing to ship cargo from Old River Fleet to destinations along the West Canal, such as Lake Charles and Houston”.

With Captain Matthew Morrow at the helm and Ray Wollerson and Destin Tillman on deck, the boat left Greenville on its maiden voyage July 21st and is currently operating on the Ouachita River. A christening ceremony will be held in the fall of 2016.