Middle River Marine (MRM), an Ozinga company, christened two boats, the Gwyneth Anne (pictured above) and the Kamryn Olivia (pictured below), at 11 a.m. on August 21 at Joliet Terminal, Terminal Ct. in Joliet, IL. This christening highlighted how the Gwyneth Anne and Kamryn Olivia will both enhance MRM, Ozinga Material and Logistics’ marine services business, and be an added celebration to the fourth-generation family-owned company’s 90th anniversary.
The Gwyneth Anne is the fleet’s fifth boat, introduced in June 2017. The boat is 65 feet long by 28 feet wide by 9 feet deep. It has 1,325 horsepower from two Cummins QSK19-M main engines and the retractable pilothouse is 32 feet. The inside of the Gwyneth Anne boasts brick flooring, granite countertops and three sleeping quarters. Towboat Kamryn Olivia, introduced in 2018, is a retractable-pilothouse boat with Z-drives from ZF Marine. Two Cummins QSK-38 diesel engines provide 2,000 horsepower. The boat is 77 feet long.
The Gwyneth Anne and Kamryn Olivia – named after Ozinga fifth-generation daughters – join the Alivia Faith, Elyse Noelle, Mikayla Skye, and Sydney Reese on the Illinois waterways. These boats help Ozinga’s Materials and Logistics team serve customers from Peoria to Chicago and mark a meaningful milestone in further establishing the importance of waterways in the Midwest.
MRM is a full-service barging and marine services company that operates a network of 9 river-based terminals. Earlier this year, MRM facilitated the demolition of the old Morton Salt building on Wacker Drive in Chicago, utilizing over 10 barges to recycle more than 16,000 tons of material. These barges, equivalent to over 600 semi-trucks, eliminated roadway traffic for more efficient and environmentally friendly transportation. This is just one example of several projects that were completed during the redevelopement along the Chicago River. In 2017, MRM moved over 1,500 barges, reducing Illinois road congestion by over 90,000 semi-trucks.
“The addition of the Gwyneth Anne and Kamryn Olivia have allowed us to provide extremely reliable and responsive levels of service to our customers across the industrial, agricultural, and construction materials markets," said Aaron Ozinga, President of Ozinga Materials and Logistics. "Our customers expect the highest levels of service, and having these two brand-new boats, which were designed and built to maximize operating efficiencies while minimizing our environmental footprint, have allowed us to achieve excellent operating and service performance this year.”