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 petrochemicals. Kirby’s coastal fleet operates along the U.S. coastal network and calls on ports along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts, as well as ports in Alaska, Hawaii and on the Great Lakes.
Kirby’s offshore fleet includes 30 Articulated Tug/Barge units (ATBs) which 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. Since 2015, Kirby has placed 5 new state-of-the art ATBs into service with a combined tank capacity of over 800,000 barrels.
Industry leader in safety, customer service and environmental protection
Strong inland and offshore relationships with large blue-chip customers
Young and efficient fleet with significant recent investments in new state-of-the-art ATBs and new fuel-efficient tugboats
Geographic scale with operations in all U.S. coasts, including Alaska and Hawaii
Niche focus on black oil and petrochemicals
Kirby Offshore Marine Operates
as of December 31, 2020
Million Barrels of Capacity
Active Offshore Tank Barges
Active Offshore Towing Vessels
Where We Operate
The Atlantic Division’s primary business is the transportation of petroleum products between ports along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Vessels call on every coastal state from New England to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, as well as locations in the Caribbean and Eastern Canada. Atlantic Division tank barges range in capacity from 10,000 barrels to 185,000 barrels, and coastal tugboats range from 1800 to 10000 horsepower.
The Atlantic Division also operates two dry-bulk offshore tugboat and barge units which transport sugar from Florida to various locations along the East Coast.
In the Pacific Division, vessels regularly call on ports from Southern California to Northern Alaska, including Western Canada, primarily in the distribution of refined products and black oils. The fleet consists of tank barges ranging in capacity from 26,000 barrels to 185,000 barrels, and tugboats from 2000 to 11000 horsepower.
In Hawaii, Kirby operates a fleet of several double-hulled tank barges under charter to utilities, local petroleum retailers and major oil companies, distributing heavy fuel oil and refined products throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaii operation also provides support services to large tankers and ship bunkering services in the Honolulu harbor.
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President, Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC
Executive Vice President – Sales and Strategy
Senior Vice President – KOM Sales
Sales Manager – West Coast and Chemicals
Sales Manager – Gulf Coast and East Coast, Clean & Black Oil
Executive Vice President, Vessel Operations – Marine Transportation Group
Craig N. Tornga
Senior Vice President – Operations & Engineering
Christopher T. Palo
Vice President – Engineering
General Manager – East Coast Operations
Quality Assurance Manager
Director of Regulatory