Issues & Advocacy

Congressional Towboat & Tugboat Tours

Towboat tours are an important part of AWO’s Congressional outreach strategy, providing legislators with hands-on industry education and allowing AWO members to build and strengthen the grassroots relationships that are vital to advancing our legislative agenda.
 
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, AWO remained committed to connecting members of congress with our essential industry throughout 2020. Moving toward virtual options for vessel tours, we implemented livestream tours that connected members of congress and their staffers directly with mariners as they took them around the vessels and answered their questions while miles apart.

See highlights from 2019's tours here, and highlights from 2018's tours here.

 

Virtual Tours

Can’t make one of our live tours? Watch the videos below for a glimpse into life working on America’s waterways.

Harbor Tug: Deck Tour on the Vane Brothers’ Cape May
Harbor Tug

Harbor Tug: Deck Tour on the Vane Brothers’ Cape May

Vane Brothers Deck Tours

Vane Brothers Deck Tours

Vane Brothers Deck Tours

Harbor Tug: Deck Tour on the Vane Brothers’ Cape May

Tour the deck of Vane Brothers’ tug M/V Cape May. Learn all about the operations of this mighty vessel.
Harbor Tug: Engine Room Tour on the Vane Brothers’ Cape May

Vane Brothers Engine Room Tour

Vane Brothers Engine Room Tour

Vane Brothers Engine Room Tour

Harbor Tug: Engine Room Tour on the Vane Brothers’ Cape May

Tour the engine room of the Vane Brothers’ tug M/V Cape May. Find out how the boat's twin engines generate enough power to move vessels several times the Cape May’s size.
 
Harbor Tug: Living Quarters Tour on the Vane Brothers’ Cape May

Vane Brothers Living Quarters Tour

Vane Brothers Living Quarters Tour

Vane Brothers Living Quarters Tour

Harbor Tug: Living Quarters Tour on the Vane Brothers’ Cape May

Tour the comfortable living quarters of the Vane Brothers’ tug M/V Cape May. You’ll see how Vane Brothers’ mariners live for weeks at a time while underway.
Harbor Tug: Wheelhouse Tour on the Vane Brothers’ Cape May

Vane Brothers Wheelhouse Tour

Vane Brothers Wheelhouse Tour

Vane Brothers Wheelhouse Tour

Harbor Tug: Wheelhouse Tour on the Vane Brothers’ Cape May

Tour the state of the art wheelhouse atop the Vane Brothers’ tug M/V Cape May. You’ll see the intricate systems necessary to pilot the 3,000 horsepower tug.
Harbor Tug: Tour on Crescent Towing's David J. Cooper

Crescent Towing Tugboat Tour: David J. Cooper

Crescent Towing Tugboat Tour: David J. Cooper

Crescent Towing Tugboat Tour: David J. Cooper

Harbor Tug: Tour on Crescent Towing's David J. Cooper

Ever wonder what life is like onboard one of Crescent Towing’s harbor tugboats? Climb aboard the M/V David J. Cooper as its crew shows us around their vessel and shines a light on living and working on a Mississippi River tug. 

Ingram Barge Company: An Engineer on the River
Inland Towboat

Ingram Barge Company: An Engineer on the River

Ingram Barge Company: Engineering Careers

Ingram Barge Company: Engineering Careers

Ingram Barge Company: Engineering Careers

Ingram Barge Company: An Engineer on the River

See what it means to be an engineer with Ingram Barge Company. These mechanical experts keep the vessels and their enormous cargos moving day and night.
 
Ingram Barge Company: A Deck Hand on the River

Ingram Barge Company: Deck Careers

Ingram Barge Company: Deck Careers

Ingram Barge Company: Deck Careers

Ingram Barge Company: A Deck Hand on the River

Learn what it means to be a deck hand for Ingram Barge Company. These hard working professionals will take you through the responsibilities, challenges, and benefits of working the river.
 
Inland Towboat: Tour with Saucy the Towboat Chef

Inland Marine Galley Tour with Saucy the Chef

Inland Marine Galley Tour with Saucy the Chef

Inland Marine Galley Tour with Saucy the Chef

Inland Towboat: Tour with Saucy the Towboat Chef

Get a personal perspective from Inland Marine Service’s Stephanie Richardson, a.k.a. Saucy the Towboat Chef, as she gives a tour of her working and living space.
 
Inland Towboat: Jacky O’Neal Underside Tour

ACBL Under the Boat 480

ACBL Under the Boat 480

ACBL Under the Boat 480

Inland Towboat: Jacky O’Neal Underside Tour

Take a rare look at the bottom of American Commercial Barge Line’s mammoth vessel M/V Jacky O’Neal. Get a sense of the true size and power of these state of the art machines.
 
Inland Towboat: Jacky O’Neal Barge Tour

ACBL Checking Tow 480

ACBL Checking Tow 480

ACBL Checking Tow 480

Inland Towboat: Jacky O’Neal Barge Tour

Go along with American Commercial Barge Line mariners as they check to make sure everything is in order on their 40-barge tow.
 
Inland Towboat: Jacky O’Neal Engine Room Tour

ACBL Engine Room 480

ACBL Engine Room 480

ACBL Engine Room 480

Inland Towboat: Jacky O’Neal Engine Room Tour

Tour the engine room of the American Commercial Barge Line’s M/V Jacky O’Neal. See how this vessel is able to push a thousand feet of barges loaded down with American commodities.
 

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