Moran Towing

Moran is a leading provider of marine towing and transportation services — a more than 150-year-old corporation that was founded as a small towing company in New York Harbor and grew to preeminence in the industry. The cornerstone of our success has been a long-standing reputation for safe, efficient service, achieved through a combination of first-rate people and outstanding vessels and equipment.

Over the course of its history Moran has steadily expanded and diversified, and today offers a versatile range of services stemming from our core capabilities in ship docking, contract towing, LNG activities and marine transportation. Our tug fleet serves the most ports of any operator in the eastern United States, and services LNG terminals along the U.S. east and Gulf coasts and the west coast of Mexico. The Moran barge fleet serves the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waters of the U.S. eastern seaboard, and the Gulf of Mexico. We also provide worldwide marine transportation services, including operations in the Caribbean and periodic voyages to South America and overseas waters.

Moran operates within three primary areas of business activity:

  • Ship docking, LNG activities, and general towing, in and around the ports and terminals we serve
  • Marine transportation of petroleum and dry bulk products
  • Contract towing and specialty towing

The company currently owns and operates 95 tugs and 30 barges. To ensure the efficiency and growth of our tug and barge fleets, we maintain an ongoing program of advanced vessel construction. Moran’s newest vessels — especially our Z-drive tractor tugs and Articulated Tug and Barge units (ATBs) — use state-of-the-art propulsion technology and vessel architecture to enhance performance and safety.

We are committed to utilizing double-hull barge design and construction, which provides significant safeguards against oil spills; Moran’s entire fleet of petroleum tank barges is double-hulled.

Moran serves 16 ports, each with its own localized management, dispatch and engineering functions. All are operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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