Cooper Marine Acquires Mv. Jinx P. Smith, Renames It Crimson White II

Cooper Marine, Mobile, Ala., has added the mv. Crimson White II to its fleet. The 4,600 hp. towing vessel was formerly the Jinx P. Smith, owned by Yazoo River Towing, Vicksburg, Miss. The acquisition expands Cooper Marine’s fleet to 41 towing vessels.

The Crimson White II, at 4,600 hp., is one of the largest vessels operating on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Built in 1976 by Greenville Shipbuilding Corporation, it was originally named Lucille, according to the Inland River Record. Sold in 1976 to McAlister Construction Company, it was renamed Joe McAlister. It was later owned or operated by RECO Transportation, Canal Barge Company, Ingram Barge Company and Marathon Ashland Petroleum, which changed the vessel’s name to Marathon. In 2010, Yazoo River Towing purchased it and renamed it Jinx P. Smith.

The vessel is powered by EMD engines. It has six crew staterooms, 5-1/2 baths and a full galley. It has a state-of-the-art National Railway Equipment Power Systems alarm system.

“Acquiring the mv. Crimson White II bolsters our longstanding commitment of providing the industry’s most reliable barge affreightment services,” said Angus R. Cooper III, president of The Cooper Group Inc., parent company of Cooper Marine. “Adding to our fleet one of the largest towing vessels currently operating on the Tenn-Tom provides our customers with continued assurance that Cooper Marine will always deliver the most reliable barge transportation services in the country.”

James C. Fowler, managing director of marine and stevedoring operations for Cooper Marine, said the boat will benefit the company’s customers.

“As we continue to grow our world-class fleet with the addition of the mv. Crimson White II, we do so to best ensure our customers that they can continue to depend on Cooper Marine to offer the safest and most reliable barge transportation service in the industry,”  he said.

Cooper Marine’s operations are powered by 41 towing vessels, 450 hopper barges and one of the country’s largest fleets of dry bulk gantry and floating derrick cranes. The company’s marine footprint includes the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Mississippi River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Black Warrior River, Tennessee River, Tombigbee River, Mobile River, Ohio River, Illinois River, Arkansas River and Cumberland River. Cooper Marine’s world-class stevedoring operations include two deep-draft bulk cargo terminals in the Port of Mobile and numerous inland marine terminals throughout the states of Alabama and Mississippi.