carlisleRob Carlisle, president of Carlisle & Bray, recently travelled to Washington, DC to meet with other industry leaders at The American Waterways Operator’s annual Barge-In to discuss important issues and opportunities facing our inland waterways and companies and mariners who work in the industry.

The AWO’s Barge-In brings around 170 vessel owners and operators together in more than 150 meetings with U.S. senators and representatives. The event is the industry’s opportunity to demonstrate to Congress the importance of the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry to the United States and remind lawmakers about the national economic and security benefits the maritime industry provides to our nation.

During the visit, Rob Carlisle joined other U.S. maritime industry representatives and members of Congress to discuss regulations, infrastructure, the Jones Act, and more. Carlisle & Bray is committed to protecting the future of this industry and will continue to lobby on behalf of the industry and our employees.

“AWO members play a vital role in ensuring the safe and efficient movement of the nation’s critical cargo,” said Tom Allegretti, president and CEO of the American Waterways Operators. “The tugboat, towboat and barge industry directly employs tens of thousands of workers while supporting hundreds of thousands more. We want to ensure that Congress understands the value of our industry to the nation and the importance of our key public policy priorities.”