Southwest Shipyard has a lot on its plate. The company owns and operates four shipyards in South Texas with direct deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico. From there, it provides gas freeing and cleaning services, topside and major repairs, surface preparation and painting, major conversion and new construction services to the marine industry. The company works on inland and offshore barges, boats, offshore supply vessels, ferries and offshore tugs. Southwest Shipyard remains competitive by providing services with a high level of quality and safety, and just as it works to clean and repair its clients’ vessels, it also understands its responsibility to the environment. 

“Our goal is to provide the best value service to all of our customers on every project,” the company says. “Providing a high-quality product or service on every project is the focus of every employee, supervisor and manager. Our managers ensure that quality is designed into every step of our execution process. The production supervisors are directly responsible for product quality with assistance from the operational managers.

For nearly two decades, Primary Freight Services has been a key player in the global international logistics market. A U.S.-based, family-owned and operated company founded 17 years ago, Primary Freight specializes in international transportation, warehousing and distribution, LTL trucking, and LCL and FCL ocean and airfreight services to and from the United States.

 Primary Freight Services was co-founded by CEO John Brown and President Kathy Hogan. “Our founders have built our business on a firm commitment toward being the best in the world at providing timely information to our customers and global partners and by providing personalized proactive service solutions,” Vice President – Sales and Marketing Michael Squadrille says. 

Although the Port of Pensacola has had many advantages since its first use in the mid-1700s, since 2009, the oil and gas industry has been providing a boost to the port’s traffic. “Our primary customers are the service vessels that are involved in the offshore oil and gas construction side of the business, laying pipe and providing dive support for pipe-laying projects – all the support vessels for new oil and gas rig construction,” Port Director Amy Miller says.

The port includes five deep-draft berths, two general cargo warehouses, more than 200,000 square feet of general cargo warehouse and 300,000 square feet of warehouse space under lease to proprietary tenants. Of the 50-acre site, approximately 20 acres remain undeveloped.

For nearly 200 years, the city of Pittsburgh has served as the important crossroads for the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. “More than 20,000 barges annually [come through],” Steve Martinko says. “We are truly the cradle of the American inland river commerce.”

Martinko is the executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, an independent agency of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1992, it serves a 12-county port district.

“Our mission is to promote the commercial use and development of the inland waterway intermodal transportation system and to integrate it into the economic, recreational, environmental and intermodal future of the region in southwestern Pennsylvania,” Martinko says, noting that has a staff of five associates. 

In the Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s first year of operation in 1971, the Oklahoma port handled 86,654 tons of cargo. In 2013, it handled more than 2.7 million tons. And as the transportation industry continues to divert truck and rail shipping to waterways, the Port of Catoosa only expects the number of cargo shipments coming through its port and 2,000-acre industrial park to grow. 

“One reason is cost,” the port says. “It is estimated that bulk freight can be moved by barge for one-third the cost of railroad and one-fifth the cost of truck. Secondly, cargo that is too big or too heavy to be transported over the highways or by railroad is a perfect candidate for water transport. 

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