Kirby Corporation to Present at J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference

HOUSTON, March 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirby Corporation ("Kirby") (NYSE: KEX) announced today that Kirby will present at the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference on Thursday, March 15, 2012.  Specifics of the conference are as follows:

                             J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference
                             Location:  J.P. Morgan Conference Center, New York, NY
                             Presenter:  Joe Pyne, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
                             Presentation date and time:  Thursday, March 15, 2012, 11:10 a.m. EDT

A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available to the public and a replay will be available after the presentation by visiting Kirby's website at http://www.kirbycorp.com.   A copy of the material prepared by Kirby for the presentation will be available at 7:00 a.m. CDT on Thursday, March 15, 2012 on Kirby's website.  A replay of the presentation will be available through April 13, 2012 on Kirby's website.

Kirby Corporation, based in Houston, Texas, is the nation's largest domestic tank barge operator, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, along all three United States coasts, and in Alaska and Hawaii.  Kirby transports petrochemicals, black oil products, refined petroleum products and agricultural chemicals by tank barge.  Through the diesel engine services segment, Kirby provides after-market service for medium-speed and high-speed diesel engines and reduction gears used in marine and power generation applications.  Kirby also distributes and services high-speed diesel engines, transmissions, pumps, compression products and manufactures and remanufactures oilfield service equipment, including hydraulic fracturing equipment, for land-based pressure pumping and oilfield service markets.

This press release and the presentation may contain statements that may be considered to be forward-looking statements.  These statements reflect management's reasonable judgement with respect to future events.  Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.  Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated as a result of various factors, including cyclical or other downturns in demand, significant pricing competition, unanticipated additions to industry capacity, changes in the Jones Act or in U.S. maritime policy and practice, fuel costs, interest rates, weather conditions, and the timing, magnitude and the number of acquisitions made by Kirby.  Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and Kirby assumes no obligation to update such statements.  A list of additional risk factors can be found in Kirby's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE Kirby Corporation



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