Nashville-based Ingram Marine Group in February held a christening ceremony in New Orleans for Steve
Alley, the fifth new towboat in the series of 10 ordered by the Nashville-based operator in 2020.
“We are constantly evaluating the readiness of our fleet, and the products of this new construction
program provide a significant increase to the overall performance level of Ingram’s fleeting
operations,” said Jason Porter, Ingram’s SVP of engineering, barge maintenance and operations.
The four-decked, welded-steel, USCG Subchapter M-compliant towboat was designed by Ingram Marine Group,
Louisiana shipbuilder Main Iron Works, and naval architect Ashraf Degedy, PE.
The 78-foot-long, 32-foot-wide newbuild is outfitted with twin Caterpillar Marine tier 3 diesel engines
and Reintjes gearboxes, John Deere generators, and 76-inch Michigan special propellers. The live aboard
vessel features a 34-foot eye level and have capacities of 18,000 gallons of fuel and 8,000 gallons of
“This vessel was built to be versatile. It will operate in our fleets in Houston, Texas; Port Allen,
La.; Reserve, La.; Paducah, Ky.; and Columbus, Ky., as well as provide shuttle service on the west
Intracoastal Canal and various other river systems,” Porter said.
The new towboat is named after Ingram’s former vice president of external sales, dry cargo, who retired
at the end of 2021 after more than 37 years with the company.
“Steve Alley is the living embodiment of The Ingram Way,” said Orrin Ingram, chairman of Ingram Marine
Group and CEO of Ingram Industries. “In addition to his many business accomplishments, I will personally
remember him as hardworking and committed sales professional who always filled a room with his outgoing
personality. He built a legendary reputation in the industry and developed enduring partnerships with
many of our valued customers. We wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.”
“It’s hard to put into words what Steve has meant to Ingram over the years,” said John Roberts,
president and CEO of Ingram Marine Group. “He leaves a lasting legacy, highlighted by his warmth,
professionalism and mentorship of our current and future leaders. He absolutely deserves this
recognition, and I’m honored to celebrate him at this christening.”