A History of Cenac Towing Company

Cenac Towing Company is one of the great American success stories in the history of the marine transportation industry. Dr. Jason Theriot’s new book explores the legacy of this pioneering company.

“My experience with Jason going the extra mile to get things right, making sure Texaco's information and ours were the same. Jason did a remarkable job on the History of Cenac Towing and I would encourage anyone interested to do the same. Jason took all of the books containing corporate minutes, boxes of files, pictures, etc. and organized them. He would then sit down with my Dad and go over everything. I found Jason honest, straight forward, and devoted to the project. A trait that is hard to find today. I am grateful for him documenting our family (Cenac Towing Co.) story for my son's and the fourth generation of Cenac's in the Marine business.”
-Arlen B. Cenac, Jr.

For three generations, the family-run company became the premier towing and barge carrier for the oil and gas industry along the Gulf Coast and throughout the Mississippi River Valley. Its dedication to customer service, performance excellence, and technological advancements in tugboats, push boats, and tank barges speaks to the fundamental principles of the “Cenac Way” of doing business. 

This business philosophy embodies the highest standards of ethics and equipment maintenance known in the industry. These core values, established by the founders nearly a century ago, have been imbedded in the people and culture of Cenac Towing through time. This company history captures the legacy of this Louisiana-based towing company and honors the people who built it.

Author Jason Theriot worked with company president Benny Cenac to develop the framework for this book that captures the amazing evolution of Cenac Towing Company and preserves the legacy of its founder, Ovide Jock Cenac (Benny’s grandfather)