JEFFERSONVILLE, IN--(Marketwired - Jul 16, 2013) - American Commercial Lines Inc. ("ACL" or the "Company") recognized 39 customers with its Marine Environmental Stewardship Award on Tuesday, July 16 in Houston, Texas.

The customers recognized by ACL safely handled over 2.5 billion gallons of chemicals, petroleum products, and other liquid cargoes with the barge transportation company in 2012. Recipients of the award are: Axiall LLC; BASF Corp.; Bayer Corporation; Bunge North America; CCI Manufacturing IL Corp.; CITGO Petroleum Corporation; Consolidated Grain & Barge Co.; Cymetech Corporation; Dow Corning Corporation; Eastman Chemical Company; ED&F Man Liquid Products LLC; E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Co.; Formosa Plastics; GulfMark Energy Inc.; Kinder Morgan; Koch Supply and Trading; Kolmar Americas, Inc.; Marathon Petroleum Co.; ME Global Americas, Inc.; Methanex Methanol; Momentive Specialty Chemical Inc.; MV Purchasing, LLC; Neville Chemical Co.; Old World Industries, LLC; Owensboro Grain Co., LLC; Quality Liquid Feed Co.; Rentech Nitrogen Pasadena, LLC; SABIC Innovative Plastics; SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. (Exxon); Shell Chemical Co.; Shell Trading U.S. Company; Styrolution America LLC; Sunoco Logistics; Texas Aromatics; Vertex Energy, Inc.; Vitol Inc.; and Westlake CA&O.

"At ACL, safety and protection of the marine environment are our operating priorities," Mark Knoy, President and CEO of ACL, stated. "We are pleased to present the Marine Environmental Stewardship Award to these valued customers who share our commitment to environmental stewardship. By shipping on the inland waterways, they have chosen the safest, greenest, and most fuel efficient mode of transportation. We thank them for entrusting us with their cargoes."

Inland barging is the safest and most environmentally friendly mode of transportation. The rate of large spills (more than 1,000 gallons) for inland barge transportation is less than that of rail and truck (2.59 gallons per million ton miles for barge compared to 4.89 for rail and 10.41 for truck), according to a study by the Texas Transportation Institute. The comparison study also documents that inland barge transportation emits fewer air pollutants, including hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides, than rail or truck. Barging is also noted by the study as the most fuel-efficient mode of transportation with the ability to move one ton of cargo 616 miles per gallon of fuel, 138 miles further than rail and 466 miles further than truck.

American Commercial Lines Inc. is an integrated marine transportation service company owned by Platinum Equity and operating in the United States Jones Act trades. The Company is headquartered in Jeffersonville, IN, has approximately 2,300 employees and operates a fleet of approximately 100 towboats and 2,000 barges. For more information about American Commercial Lines Inc., visit

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