Kirby Offshore Marine is the largest United States operator of coastal tank barges and towing vessels participating in the regional distribution of refined petroleum products, black oil and crude oil, as well as the distribution of petrochemicals between Petroleum Administration and Defense Districts.
Kirby Offshore Marine placed orders in 2014 and 2015 for the construction of four new, state-of-the-art, coastal articulated tank barge and tugboat units (ATBs). The launching of the first ATB, the Kirby 185-01, built by Gunderson Shipyard in Portland, OR, can be viewed here. The Kirby 185-01 was placed in service in late 2015. The second new ATB, the Kirby 185-02, was placed in service in June 2016. The Kirby 155-01 was placed in service in November 2016 and the Kirby 155-02 will be delivered in the 2017 first half.
The Atlantic Division’s primary business is the transportation of petroleum products between ports along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Vessels assigned to this division call on every coastal state from New England to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, servicing refineries, storage terminals and power plants. The Atlantic Division also operates equipment in the Caribbean and the Eastern Canadian provinces. The tank barges in the Atlantic Division are among Kirby’s largest, ranging in capacity from 80,000 barrels to 188,000 barrels and coastal tugboats from 3500 to 8000 horsepower. The majority of the Atlantic Division’s vessels are Articulated Tug/Barge units (ATBs). These units employ large hydraulic or pneumatically-operated pins to connect the tugboat and barge, enabling the tugboat to push, rather than pull the barge at sea. ATBs can operate safely and efficiently in a wider range of sea conditions than conventional tugboat and barge units, resulting in faster transit times, better fuel economy and fewer operating delays.
The Atlantic Division also overseas the operations of three offshore tugboat and barge units that move sugar from Florida to various locations along the Eastern Seaboard.
Atlantic Division – New York Harbor
The New York Harbor operations in the Atlantic Division encompass tank barges ranging in capacity from 1,800 barrels to 81,000 barrels, and tugboats from 400 to 3400 horsepower. The operations in New York Harbor service a wide variety of customers in both the refined and residual petroleum trades. Many of the barges in the New York fleet are engaged in the delivery of bunker fuel to ships. New York Harbor vessels also transport gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, ethanol and other refined products for local and regional customers. In the residual fuel sector, power generating customers rely on New York Harbor vessels for floating storage and transportation of heavy fuel oil to local power plants.
The Pacific Division fleet consists of tank barges ranging in capacity from 26,000 barrels to 193,000 barrels, and tugboats from 2000 to 11000 horsepower. Pacific Division vessels trade from San Diego, CA to Barrow, AK. With extensive experience and a broad support network in Alaska, Kirby Offshore Marine’s Pacific Division is uniquely qualified to operate in remote areas including Dutch Harbor, Cook Inlet and the Alaska river systems.
The Hawaii operations are also part of the Pacific Division. Kirby Offshore Marine operates a fleet of several double-hulled tank barges in Hawaii under charter to utilities, local petroleum retailers and major oil companies, distributing heavy fuel oil and refined products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. These barges and their accompanying tugboats form a critical supply link to power generating plants and storage and distribution terminals throughout the Hawaiian Islands that cannot be replaced by other modes of transportation. The Hawaii Division tank barge fleet also provides bunkering service in Honolulu harbor and surrounding anchorages, and supplies transportation services to remote island locations in the central Pacific. Several vessels in the Hawaii provide contracted support services to a Single Point Mooring installation at Barbers Point, Oahu. This facility provides the means for large tankers to safely load and discharge their cargoes through an offshore buoy and submerged pipeline without entering a port.
President, Kirby Marine Transportation Group
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President – KIM / KOM Sales
Vice President – KOM Sales
Vice President – Strategic Planning and Sales
Sales Manager – Atlantic Coast and West Coast
Sales Manager – New York Harbor
Executive Vice President, Vessel Operations – Marine Transportation Group
General Manager – East Coast Operations
General Manager – West Coast Operations
Quality Assurance Manager
Director of Regulatory