January 9, 1982 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

FCC Okays Automated Communication System For Inland Waterways

The Federal Communications Commission recently issued a license to Waterway Communications System, Inc. (Watercom), Jeffersonville, Ind., for the construction and operation of an automated communications system serving the Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois Rivers, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Watercom was founded in 1974 by 16 companies engaged in barge and towing operations along the Mississippi River system. In 1981, American Commercial Barge Line Company (ACBL), a subsidiary of Texas Gas Transmission Corporation, p u r c h a s e d Watercom and assumed responsibility for development and construction of the system.

"For almost a decade, the industry has been awaiting this day and the potential that improved communications will bring," said J.H. Bobzien Jr., president of ACBL. "It will allow development of a premier communications system and the related benefits that will enhance the management of the waterborne transportation industry's fleets and other marine operations."

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