Harley Marine Services announced recently that it has expanded into the U.S. Gulf with the purchase of Houston-based MGI Inc. The new business will be called Harley Marine Gulf.
Formed in 1976, MGI has eight tank barges on long-term charter and operate a total of 12 double-hull barges. Four barges transfer product between terminals, and eight are bunker barges that work in the Houston, Galveston and Lake Charles, La., areas with two stationed in New Orleans.
Harley Franco, chairman and CEO of Seattle-based Harley Marine, said that MGI is well positioned in the Gulf market and, by adding equipment, Harley Marine will surpass its commitment, providing superior petroleum transportation and bunker services to its customer base.
“MGI will be a welcomed addition to the Harley Marine family of companies,” said Franco. “MGI will strengthen our position in the Gulf region and move us toward our goal in becoming the leading provider of petroleum services nationally.”
Harley Marine provides full marine services along the West Coast, Alaska, New York/New Jersey harbor and Gulf Coast. Services include the transportation and storage of petroleum products, ship assist and escort, and the transportation of general cargo.