Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2017 - 31
SHIPPING & PORTS
// All of Harley Marine Services' employees are
empowered to stop work immediately in the
event of a hazardous situation.
Harley Marine Services continues to
evolve its capabilities. The company -
which celebrates its 30th anniversary
in 2017 - has in recent years invested
in articulated tug and barge (ATB)
vessels, which it operates on the west
and east coasts. The vessels consist of
a tugboat coupled to a barge through
an articulated connection, giving them
greater movement than tugboats that
are connected to barges via towlines.
Harley Marine's ATB vessels have an
80,000-barrel capacity. "Many of our customers are leaning toward moving products via ATBs vs. towing them," Barnes
says. "This gives us a niche market."
Harley Marine is also expanding its
physical footprint. The company within
the past five years has expanded its market
in the Gulf Coast as well as in Alaska. It is
also expanding the ship assist services it
offers in ports in San Francisco and Los
Angeles into the Puget Sound area.
The company is investing in
high-horsepower tractor tugs to
enhance its ship assist capabilities.
"We're continuing to build and enhance
our fleet, even with oil prices being
down and companies not moving as
much product as they used to," he adds.
"We have taken what we've learned
from other ship assist tugs and are
always improving our fleet."
In addition to investing in equipment, Harley Marine is enhancing
its brick-and-mortar surroundings.
The company recently moved into a
$45 million headquarters building in
Seattle. A new base of operations in
Houston will open in summer 2017.
Barnes credits Harley Marine's staff
and founder with the company's continued growth. "[Franco] is committed
to our being the best and safest marine
transportation company possible; he
is not satisfied with being mediocre,"
Barnes says. "He wants us to provide
the best possible service to our customers, and that's what he's enabled us
to do for the past 30 years by investing
in people and equipment and building
a strong safety management system."
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