CB Atlantis

C&B Marine Conducts Triple Christening On The Ohio River

CUTLINE: The Atlantis was constructed by Marine Builders Inc., Utica, Ind.

C&B Marine held a christening ceremony for three new vessels in its fleet October 31, and signed a Statement of Support with the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) organization in an effort to recruit more veterans as employees at the company.

In the ceremony on the Ohio River at Hebron, Ky., C&B Marine christened a new towboat, the mv. Atlantis; a new floating drydock, the Bluefish; and a new crew boat, the Little Bit. C&B Marine is a subsidiary of Carlisle & Bray Enterprises, a Covington, Ky.-based inland marine company.

Carlisle & Bray Enterprises, which employs about 175 workers, operates various barges, multiple deck flats for clamshell loading and unloading, barge cranes and other construction equipment on the Ohio River. The company also operates four fleeting areas and a heavy lifting dock in the Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

The Rev. Kempton D. “Chaps” Baldridge, chaplain of The Seamen’s Church Institute in Paducah, Ky., officiated the christening ceremony at the company’s fleeting facility in Hebron. C&B crew members, employees and board members; members of the Carlisle and Bray families; clients of the company; representatives from ESGR; and Rear Adm. Robin E. Osborn, commandant of the Ohio Naval Militia, all attended the ceremony.

C&B Marine’s Three New Vessels

C&B Marine contracted with Marine Builders Inc., located in Utica, Ind., to construct the Atlantis, the 18th towboat in its fleet. The vessel is a 1,320 hp., 60- by 25-foot towboat that will be used for short-line towing and dedicated service on the Ohio River.

The new vessel is powered by a pair of Cummins QSK19M3 diesel engines furnished by Cummins Crosspoint. They turn Sound 64- by 50-inch propellers on six-inch shafts through ZFW1800 gears with 6.16:1 reduction. The main deck features a full galley and lounge, while on the second deck there are two staterooms with bunks and a shared head and shower.

The Atlantis is the third new towboat C&B Marine has placed into operation during the past year. Last October, C&B Marine christened the Enterprise, a 2,600 hp., 90- by 34-foot towboat, and the Discovery, another 1,320 hp., 60- by 25-foot towboat.

“Our investment in three state-of-the-art towboats in the past year underscores our commitment to our customers as well as our commitment to the safety and well-being of our employees,” said Rob Carlisle, president of Carlisle & Bray Enterprises. “While the new vessels are nice additions to our fleet, we recognize that our employees are really our greatest asset.”

C&B Marine also contracted with Sneed Shipbuilding Inc. of Channelview, Texas, to construct the custom floating drydock. The Bluefish is 160 feet in length and 60 feet in width. It includes eight 8-inch Ebara submersible pumps and 10-inch bronze butterfly flood valves with Triac electric actuators.

“With 18 towboats, a crewboat, and 40-plus barges of our own, Carlisle & Bray was both ready for and in need of this asset,” said Matt Kristof, chief operating officer for C&B Marine. “The partners (of the company) have positioned the company for growth and we are exploring every opportunity to expand our operations in both the marine and energy-services divisions. As we continue to grow, the dock will help ensure that we are able to maintain and repair our own equipment, without having to worry about availability elsewhere.”

The Bluefish is named after USS Bluefish (SS-222), a Gato-class submarine that completed nine war patrols during World War II between September 1943 and July 1945. The vessel’s operating area extended from the Netherlands East Indies to South China Sea and is reported to have sunk 12 Japanese ships.

Ambrose Adrian Schwab—who was the father of Chris Bray, the matriarch of the Bray family, and the maternal grandfather of C&B partners Chad and Scott Bray—was a sailor on the USS Bluefish. An image of the USS Bluefish is emblazoned on an interior wall of the drydock, and will plunge underwater when the drydock is submerged.

The third vessel that C&B Marine christened was a new crewboat, The Little Bit. The Little Bit will ferry crewmembers to and from vessels that are operating on the river.

Partnership With ESGR

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to help develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.

In addition to serving as an advocate for military veterans in the workplace, one of ESGR’s primary missions is to encourage the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce, said Harry T. Wylie, state public affairs officer for Kentucky Committee for ESGR.

At the christening ceremony, Rob Carlisle, president of Carlisle & Bray Enterprises, signed a Statement of Support with ESGR. The company then unfurled a sign on the Atlantis showing its support of ESGR. C&B Marine also had the ESGR name and its mission permanently painted on the inside of the Bluefish.

“Kentucky’s committee for ESGR is thankful for the support of C&B Marine, especially for putting the ESGR name on the side of its new vessel,” said Maj. Gen. (retired) D. Allen Youngman, the state ESGR chairman. “Now ESGR has a ‘floating billboard’ that will help us and our important mission become better known. C&B’s commitment to supporting our reservists and guardsmen is unique and welcomed.”

Youngman said that 40 percent of active U.S. military personnel today are members of either the National Guard or the Reserve. He said these veterans make excellent employees.

“When you get a Guardsman or Reservist, you get a different kind of employee,” he said. “You get people who know how to get up in the morning for work, know how to listen to directions, know how to work as a team, and know how to get the job done.”

At the ceremony, Youngman presented C&B Marine with the a Department of Defense Seven Seals award for its “outstanding support.”

“ESGR is an invaluable resource for active duty and volunteer service members in Kentucky, helping service members with employment opportunities, whether they are unemployed or underemployed,” said Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, public affairs officer and noncommissioned officer in charge of the Kentucky National Guard.

“By signing the statement of support of ESGR, C&B Marine will find, like many other employers in Kentucky have found, that this relationship is beneficial to both the employer and service members alike.”

Youngman attended the ceremony with Brig. Gen. (retired) Mike Richie, Kentucky ESGR program support analyst, and Rodney B. Bell, the Northern Kentucky area chair of the state ESGR program.

The christening ceremony also brought a visit from Rear Adm. Robin E. Osborn, the commandant of the Ohio Naval Militia and principal maritime domain awareness advisor to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Osborn, who served 27 years in the U.S. Navy prior to his appointment as commandant, is responsible for the command and military readiness of the Ohio Naval Militia and reports directly to Maj. Gen. Mark. E. Bartman, the Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard.

Osborn began his visit to Kentucky the day before the christening ceremony when he embarked on the Atlantis and broke his one-star flag on the mast of the vessel. Osborn, along with Rev. Baldridge, then conducted a private burial-at-sea on the Ohio River on Friday afternoon for Ohio Navy veteran Journalist First Class Daniel Sekki. Members of the Sekki family joined Osborn and Rev. Baldridge for the ceremony. Later that night, Osborn occupied the stateroom of the Atlantis.

During the christening ceremony, Osborn presented the flag of Ohio and plaque from the Ohio Naval Militia to C&B Marine. Rev. Baldridge presented a U.S. Merchant Marine flag to the crew of the Atlantis, as well as caps to captains and crewmembers at C&B Marine.

John Mendenez, who helps run the Christmas on the River program, accompanied by his daughter, Grace, presented prayer books to C&B Marine crew members during the christening ceremony. Christmas on the River is an SCI charitable program that provides gift boxes to mariners who work on the inland waterways during the holiday season.