VIDEO: Christening the M/V Findlay
On Thursday, Sept. 3, the mayor of Findlay, Ohio, the Honorable Lydia Mihalik, joined a host of other dignitaries in the time-honored tradition of christening Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) newest towboat, the M/V Findlay. The towboat is named, of course, to honor the city of Findlay and the home of MPC’s corporate headquarters.
Joining MPC Marine Transportation Manager Todd Sandifer, the M/V Findlay’s 14-person crew and their family members, was keynote speaker John Swearingen, senior vice president of MPC Transportation and Logistics. Others present included: Chaplin Kempton Baldridge of the Seamen’s Church Institute; Rear Admiral Robin Osborn, Ohio Navy Commandant; and Commander Molly Wike, Chief of Prevention, U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio Valley sector.
Swearingen began by noting how unique MPC’s Marine organization is in the industry and how it offers greater flexibility against the competition. “Pipelines go from A to B, but Marine can go wherever there is a navigable river,” he said. He also challenged the crew to live up to its namesake and noted, “Our success comes from the hard work and dedication of people like these.”
“It was truly an honor to be here today,” said Mayor Mihalik, after successfully breaking the bottle on the boat’s bow. “It was special to see the pride on the faces of the crew, and to have the boat named for the city of Findlay made it especially meaningful.”
After the ceremony, attendees enjoyed lunch aboard the majestic riverboat, Belle of Cincinnati, followed by tours of the M/V Findlay. The M/V Canton also passed by with a load as a special unexpected treat. Her average speed is a mere 7 mph, but the M/V Findlay can move six barges, or a total of 6.3 million gallons, per voyage. It would take 788 transport trucks to move that same amount. She is currently in light products service, in transit along the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers from Charleston, W.Va., to Louisville, Ky.