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.

Inland Towboat: Jacky O’Neal Underside Tour
Inland Towboat

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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