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Inland Marine Service Adds Apex Oil As Client

Inland Marine Service (IMS), Hebron, Ky., announced June 4 that Apex Oil Company Inc. is its newest client. As a result of the deal, IMS will be responsible for managing all of Apex Oil’s vessels and tank barges.

Tracing its company roots to 1932, Apex provides wholesale distribution, storage and transportation of petroleum products including asphalt, kerosene, fuel oil, diesel fuel, heavy oil, gasoline and marine bunkers. Apex maintains storage and distribution capacity throughout the U.S., with East Coast, Gulf Coast, Midwest and California terminals, including service to international destinations.

With IMS, Apex will take advantage of the management company’s turn-key solutions, which ensure that each client is instantly compliant with personnel and shoreside management requirements of Subchapter M. IMS undergoes all audits in place of its clients, saving the clients from havng to hire safety and compliance personnel. The company’s compliance programs are certified in the changing regulatory worlds of the Responsible Carrier Program, TMSA (Tanker Management Self Assessment) and SIRE (Ship Inspection Report Program).

“We are looking forward to working with Apex Oil,” said Dave Hammond, IMS president. “Our services provide an excellent fit for their specific needs and we are confident that we can provide them with the experienced crews and safety compliance that we have become known for.”

New Personnel

To assist in overseeing the new Apex account, IMS has appointed Capt. John Cook, who will join the team as general manager/vessel operations manager. Cook will be working from the New Orleans office, assisting with the implementation of new training programs for Inland Marine’s vessel and shoreside teams. Cook has decades of experience as a maritime expert, serving as part of the U.S. military, director of marine operations, line safety inspector, as well as pilot and captain. He comes to IMS from the American Queen Steamboat Company where he was chief mate-pilot, responsible for the safety of 160 passengers and training of more than 80 crew members.

 In addition, IMS has hired Capt. Mark Murphy as general manager. Murphy will be based out of the Paducah office and will be responsible for providing vessel operations oversight for the Tennessee Valley Towing contract. He will also manage all training needs for all IMS marine crews. Murphy’s long list of experience includes construction superintendent, port captain, instructor at Seamen’s Church Institute, and vessel captain. He was most recently a vessel captain at Marathon Petroleum.