Friday, October 2, 2015

Number One

The blog post earlier today listing the dozen boats AEP will keep after selling its other river assets to ACBL was pretty popular. In terms of views, it was the most popular post in the history of the Ohio River Blog. The whole blog got more traffic in one day than it did in the entire month of January. And it did that without the help of people in Russia, Ukraine and other places that find it for reasons nice or nefarious.

So thanks to all who checked it out. May you come back from time to time to see what else is on here.

The 12 boats AEP is keeping are ... (Updated)

Gale R. Rhodes
Norman L. Snodgrass
Capt. Gerald Boggs
Capt. James Anderson
AEP Future
AEP Legacy
AEP Mariner
Chuck Zebula
Hoosier State
Mountain State
Dan Elder

That means it's keeping seven of the ten new 6,000-hp boats it has put on the river since 2008 and it is selling the Buckeye State, the AEP Leader and the Mike Weisend to ACBL.

It also means AEP is selling all but one of the 2,8-hp 2,800-hp boats it uses on the upper Ohio, mostly north of Point Pleasant WV.

The fact AEP is keeping the Hoosier State will please my youngest, Adam, who as a 10-year-old got to steer the Hoosier State lightboat following its christening ceremony back in May 2010.



If I read the list correctly there won't be much left of the AEP fleet that I started following in the late 1970s. In the middle part of that decade, AEP bought about a dozen boats, half from Dravo and half from St. Louis Ship, to move coal up and down the river from its terminal at Metropolis IL. AEP had planned to burn a lot of western coal or Illinois Basin coal, but things changed and those boats tended to spend a lot of time tied up at Lakin.

After the sale, all those Dravo boats will be gone and only two St. Louis Ship boats will remain in the AEP fleet.