Ben Hayden talked with Jason Aristides, co-founder, and CEO of OpenTug, a Seattle-based company designed to revolutionize the maritime industry through its digital booking and communication platform.

In this interview, Aristides shares his journey from working at Foss Maritime to identifying the need for a platform that connects shippers with available barge capacity. Recognizing the lack of awareness in marine transportation and the challenges it poses, he and his cofounders developed OpenTug, a technology-driven solution to bridge this gap.

Aristides highlights the recent addition of OpenTerminal, which facilitates the movement of cargo to and from waterways, addressing the complexities of this process.

OpenTug has grown substantially within the last year, with hundreds of terminals now part of its network. Included in our interview is a remarkable case study involving an international forwarder who saved nearly 50% on their transportation costs by utilizing OpenTug's vast waterway network.

Tune into the video below to hear about OpenTug’s growth and how they’re facilitating and expanding waterway freight transportation.

Ben Hayden is a Maine resident who grew up in the shipyards of northern Massachusetts. He can be reached at (207) 842-5430 and [email protected].