Inland Marine Service

Inland Marine Service


This is beautiful view my husband Bobby Houston sent me just thought I would share it
M/V William Neckel on the Tennessee River.
Can someone please tell me how I can order the Inland Marine License plate cover and the Inland Marines sticker for the window
I love my job and and I love working for Inland
I love my job
#imsphotocontest??????? This is a pretty nice pic!!!! See the diamonds bottom left... M/V Dewey R
Spot them 3D’s!!!!! H many many Blessings from the M/V Dewey R!!!!
Fellow mariners abroad not only pushin water but the ones home this holiday weekend....make memories, but plz b safe.... don’t drink n drive.... there r boats to b painted out here, heehee, be safe and be inspirational!!!!! Nothan but love peeps!!!!
Thank you for the birthday card! I'm happy to be part of the Inland family.
Got my bday card in the mail this morning, right on time; thank you, Cathy Hammond!
🇺🇸 Old glory is still flying!!! 🇺🇸
STL Harbor Christmas Day

Inland Marine Service, Inc. is a family-owned and operated maritime company based in Hebron, Ky. Inland Marine Service (IMS) is a family-owned and operated maritime vessel management company based in Hebron, Ky.

With more than 700 employers, IMS serves customers across the western rivers, east coast, and the Gulf intercostal waterways. Services include Line Haul, operating 2,800- to 7,200-horsepower vessels on the Mississippi River System and moving a variety of products and providing liquid cargo and dry bulk services; Harbor Fleeting, operating 1,200- to 2,800-horsepower vessels at fleets, terminals, and harbors on the Mississippi River System, Gulf Coast, and East Coast; Harbor and Ship Assist Tugs, providing knowledgeable and skilled mariners who safely assist ships in and out of their berths; and Towing Services in the Gulf Coast and East Coast regions. For more information about IMS, visit

Today’s the day! Don’t forget to vote! #ElectionDay

Happy Halloween! The holiday may feel a bit different this year, but the celebration goes on – even if you’re staying at home (or on the boat). Comment below with a pic of your family’s costumes, pumpkins and candy!⁠

Cathy Hammond and David Hammond Sr. from 1988 with their first IMS boat, The Queen City, with the original signboards. This was the beginning of a great journey filled with great dedication and integrity. #ThrowbackThursday #DiamondPride

Step right up to the 🎪 Main Attraction🎪

Attraction.. what is it and what does it do to us??

Have you ever thought to ask yourself how we got here??

What attracted us to get to this place??

How did I get to an IMS towboat, IMS office, IMS crew van pilot, IMS dispatcher etc etc

The best way that we have to answer this question would be to start at the beginning...

Many, if not all of our life choices lead us to where we are at today,

Our life choices have one huge thing in common....

And that common element is … Attraction "We were at some point attracted to whatever choices that we make"

Wondering what makes IMS different? #WonderingWednesday #DiamondPride

#SelfCareFriday #SafetyFirstFriday #SafetyMeansSelfCare

“Here is one of IMS's Captains from 12 years ago, with pup we found between a set of rakes in tow. He was my mate at the time, Captain Kevin Richardson” - Rusty Ball #ThrowbackThursday #DiamondPride

“I could sing the praises of THE LADIES HAMMOND until I ran out of positive adjectives; these last few days have been awesome is an understatement! I’ll just leave with this: I am / we all are #sooooblessed!” - David Kraan
#DiamondPride #InlandMarineService #towboater #towboaterlife #riverlife #towboat #towboatlife #boat #maritime

How do you “Take Pride In Your Ride?” There is a difference between just “Performing” and “Excelling.” The decision to go above and beyond your daily duties is a conscious choice. Remember, taking care of your boat means taking care of yourself. #DiamondPride #SelfCareFriday #PrideInYourRide #SafetyMeansSelfCare

What’s your favorite thing to do when shoreside? Let us know in the comments! #WonderingWednesday #DiamondPride

“When we operate others’ boats - it doesn’t matter if it’s not owned - we’re hired to to a job! And respect and taking care of equipment is essential!!! We should take PRIDE on any vessel we are responsible for!!! A clean boat is a happy boat!!! I am extremely proud of this crew for their achievements with task handed to them. We created a plan and goal and they blew it out of the water very very proud!!!!” – Tim Mccarl #DiamondPride

“One year ago, I signed on with IMS. I am pleasantly surprised and pleased with the FANTASTIC year it was, and look forward to many more! FANTASTIC YEAR! Zero complaints. Let’s do another one, or fifteen!” - David Kraan #MarinerMonday #DiamondPride

#ThrowbackThursday photo of Cathy Hammond, David Hammond Sr. and Gary Rudesill aboard the Queen City. #DiamondPride

Great footage thanks to @TravisWilson

"Flying the diamonds!! M/V Washington" - Video footage by Travis Wilson

We’re always accepting applications, year round. For a list of positions and to submit your application, go to:

#DiamondPride #MondayMotivation

Photo by: Nate Wallis #DiamondPride #InlandMarineService #towboater #towboaterlife #riverlife #towboat #towboatlife #boat #maritime

“From Cathy and Dave Jr on down, I see a company practicing what they preach. Moving our customer’s vessels and products safely and setting the standards for a new Industry” – Capt. Rusty Ball #DiamondPride

Did You Know? Today is World Maritime Day! World Maritime Day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment worldwide.

It’s the 1st Day of Fall! What does fall look like where you are? Leave a pic in the comments. Photo by: Blake Fossett


There are many causes for back injuries; poor posture, falls, and traumatic accidents. Improper lifting technique is also a major cause. Proper lifting technique can reduce the chance of back injury, so know your limitations, bend at the knees, lift with your legs, and get help if the load is too heavy. #SafetyFirstFriday #DiamondPride

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your past self about working on the river?
#WonderingWednesday #DiamondPride

We are determined to be an advantageous partner for mariners and customers alike. For individual mariners, we seek to improve lives through personal and industry-wide advocacy and support. Customers trust us to provide risk mitigation, agile response to change, seamless relief from the every day burdens of boat maintenance and a native’s comprehensive understanding of river culture with access to top talent. Partnership – another of our #CoreValues

#MondayMotivation #DiamondPride

BOATLIFT - An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience (HD Version)
The story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan.
#NeverForget #NeverForget911

Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced...

IMS Capt. Joshua Garrison's first big tow. Photo from Ted Dicus

Let’s see your memories! Share your #ThrowbackThursday river pics in the comments below!

We’re getting ready for fall! Now accepting applications for the Fall Harvest.
For a list of positions and to submit your application, go to:

Happy Labor Day! Photo by: Josh Blankenship
#LaborDay #DiamondPride

Is working in the River Industry a career path or way of life for you? Let us know in the comments. [Photo by: Greg Lee] #ThoughtfulThursday #DiamondPride


We regularly select an IMS teammate who exemplifies what it means to have IMS #DiamondPride. Please join us in congratulating September's "Diamond on Deck"– Chad Ward.

Thank you Chad, for all your hard work and dedication!

• Title: 1st Mate
• 3 years with IMS
• Best thing about being part of IMS: actually being able to feel what diamond pride is
• Favorite river segment: Upper Mississippi
• Pet peeve: Chewing with mouth open
• I couldn’t live without: My bike
• If you could only bring 3 things to a deserted island what would they be? I would bring a bow, flint and striker fire starter, and machete.
• My motto: Always try to be better then who you were yesterday.
• I am grateful for: Waking up healthy everyday
• I am fascinated with: Today’s technology
• Favorite quote: "The difference between a leader and a boss is a leader uses terms like we and us a boss uses you and I."
• Best advice for newcomers: Always have good communication with you and your co-workers. Always ask questions. You can never ask too many.
• My favorite thing to do at home: riding my bike.

Please join us in congratulating our summer photo contest winners:
David Bolino(Grand Prize)
La’Notti Lawrence (Runner-Up)
Mark Garwood (Runner-Up)
Tim Mccarl (Runner-Up)
William A Wilder (Runner-Up)
Uriah Billips (Runner-Up)
Thomas R. Dietz (Runner-Up)
#DiamondPride #IMSPhotoContest

IMX2020 | 40 Under 40 Honorees

Congratulations Scott Riggins! We're honored to have you as part of our IMS family! #40under40 #DiamondPride Congrats to Scott Riggins, Sarah Roberson and Brandon Robertson.

Seamen’s Church focuses on emotional health of mariners | WorkBoat
#WaterwaysWednesday As essential workers, mariners have been under a lot of stress during the pandemic, working longer hours in often dangerous conditions.

#MondayMotivation #DiamondPride

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Videos (show all)

Video by: Chuck Holst
Step right up to the 🎪 Main Attraction🎪
Great footage thanks to @TravisWilson
Towboat Show & Tell
IMS COVID-19 Crew Change Procedures
Towboaters Keep America Going... No Matter What.
IMS Shoreside Captain: Andria Vincent
Video by: Linwood Williams
IMS Diamond Pride
IMS Shoreside Captain: Heather Blakeney
“To me, diamond pride is camaraderie.” – Tyler Clark.
What #DiamondPride means to Tina Waid




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