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.
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.
VRS Media Group took aerial photographs and video of a product off load at South Louisiana Fill Materials. The limestone was transported by barge and off loaded by Terral River Service and then hauled by truck to the pit by Rene’s Trucking Company.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Terral RiverService recently added their 5th unloading rig to its fleet—the TRS 5. The new rig, complete with a Komatsu PC600 material handler and a 4-yard clamshell bucket, is capable of unloading about 7,200 tons of aggregate per day.
Terral RiverService offers custom unloading from almost any bank on the river system. Each rig is capable of unloading up to four barges per day. With the addition of the TRS 5, the operation continues to expand its offerings and capabilities.