ACBL Delivers Denatured Ethanol During COVID-19

ACBL tugboat Miss Jackie Brown pushing barges filled with denatured ethanol to combat hand sanitizer shortage

The coronavirus pandemic continues to be a challenging time for our country and our communities. It's also an extraordinary time as we witness the beauty and resilience of the human spirit coming together to support one another.

Our engine customers are doing their part to assist others in this time of crisis.

ACBL addresses hand sanitizer shortage

In an effort to support the production of hand sanitizer during the pandemic, American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) of Jeffersonville, Indiana, transported more than 6 million liters (1.6 million gallons) of denatured ethanol on the inland river system. Denatured ethanol is an ingredient for alcohol-based hand sanitizers, disinfectants, sprays, wipes, and cleaners.

Several ACBL tugboats took turns pushing barges of denatured ethanol along the Texas Gulf Coast and up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers before the product was discharged and processed.

"It's very important to the wellbeing of the nation during the pandemic that product and commerce continues to move up and down the river system," says ACBL's John Robertson. "ACBL has been under full operations throughout the pandemic to serve the country."

Safety first for ACBL

ACBL emphasizes the safety of its crew members — especially during this time. The marine transport company makes about 4,000 fuel transfers throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast and inland waterways each year.

"We have 2,000 mariners out there every day doing very high-risk work, and we're very proud of our safety record," says Bill Foster, senior director of vessel engineering.

All of us at John Deere are proud to keep customers like ACBL operational. Thank you for staying safe and keeping our communities healthy.

It’s very important to the wellbeing of the nation during the pandemic that product and commerce continues to move up and down the river system.

John Robertson
American Commercial Barge Line