VanEnkevort Tug & Barge, Inc (VTB) is a privately owned, U.S. flag bulk transport company servicing the mining, steel and construction industries on the Great Lakes.
VTB operates the most modern self-discharging bulker "Great Lakes Trader" and has been a forerunner in converting older, obsolete, self-propelled steam turbine, straight deckers into self-discharging, articulated tug barge units. Of the 7 ATBs on the Great Lakes, VTB has been involved in the conversion and/or ownership of 5 of them.
Great Lakes Trader is already in full compliance with EPA air emission control regulations for 2012, 2015 and 2020. Built in 2000, Great Lakes Trader competes with a fleet of roughly 50 self unloading bulk vessels, average age built in 1965.
VTB holds several long term multimillion ton cargo contracts and offers technical and commercial management services.
VTB owns a proprietary tug-barge connector system, through it's subsidiary All Purpose Marine Products (APMP), called "Hydraconn."