It's kinda hard to tell from the photo but this boat is pushing six big dry bulk barges...and a Steermaster. The steermaster is the little short barge in the very front. The steermaster gives the captain quite a bit of extra control as it gives him the capacity for being able to have steering capability at the front of the tow as well as the back...very handy when you have big loads, narrow channels, high crosswinds and other difficult conditions.
The name of the boat is "Safety First" and she's owned by AEP. Yep, that's right, the same AEP that has the electric lines going into our houses. AEP got into the towboat/barge business years ago to bring coal to their coal burning power generation plants. Originally they pretty much just operated on the big rivers back east. From the Ohio river, they could access the coal mines of Kentucky and West Virginia. Their fleet has grown over the years and they now have one of the (if not THE) largest barge transport operations in the country. The last report I read said that coal accounted for only 30% of their cargoes now...they haul for hire and specialize in dry bulk...cement, minerals, even grain. Most of their operations are still on the big rivers but you see a few of their boats down here from time to time.