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Harley Marine Services, Inc. was founded in 1987 in Puget Sound, Washington by Harley Franco. The company, known as Olympic Tug & Barge, Inc. eventually expanded its fleet and offered more diverse services including bunkering, lubing, and dry cargo transportation.

Olympic Tug ventured into the world of energy transportation when it contracted with British Petroleum to fulfill its needs in the Pacific Northwest. This catapulted the company’s growth and eventually led to a partnership with multiple companies to operate in West Africa. Olympic Tug was once again positioned for further growth with the sale of the West African operation. Harley Marine Services was formed as a holding company for the multiple businesses that sprouted since Olympic Tug & Barge’s small beginnings in 1987.

The companies operated by Harley Marine Services include the following:

  • Millennium Maritime – A fleet of tugboats that operate in Los Angeles harbors.
  • Olympic Tug & Barge – The original company that led to the formation of Harley Marine Services. Today, Olympic Tug & Barge operates boats in Washington and Oregon. The company is also able to tow boats from Alaska to Mexico.
  • Harley Marine New York – A tug and barge service that operates in New York Harbor.
  • Pacific Coast Maritime – A company that provides tug and barge services between Seattle and Alaska.
  • Starlight Marine Services – A fleet of tugs that operates in San Francisco Harbor. This company caters to bunkering and petroleum transportation needs.
  • Westoil Marine Services – This company was founded from assets obtained by Harley Marine Services in 1998. It operates out of Long Beach, California.
  • Pacific Terminal Services – Based out of Portland, Oregon, this company handles global terminal operations. The company’s profile states that it operates a terminal for Chevron Marine Products. Here, they manage fuels for the Chevron.
  • Harley Marine Gulf LLC – A company that provides petroleum transportation and bunker service to the United States Gulf Coast. They operate out of Texas and Louisiana ports.

Harley Marine Services describes itself as a leader in marine technology and proudly advertises that each boat in its fleet features state-of-the art technology. It states that the use of its technologies protects workers and ensures environmental safety. Finally, it emphasizes how its use of technology enables the company to maintain superiority over competitors in customer service and operations.

Safety Incidents Involving Harley Marine Services Companies

Though the company positions itself as a leader in safety, there have been numerous incidents involving operations ran by Harley Marine Services:

  • November 26, 2017 – In an operation overseen by Harley Marine Services, a tugboat and fuel barge were separated by rough waters off the Canadian West Coast. The Canadian Coast Guard responded and managed to anchor both boats in Norman Morison Bay.
  • November 7, 2012 – Olympic Tug & Barge was fined by the Washington Department of Ecology for overfilling a fuel barge and causing a spill.
  • January 31, 1988 – An Olympic Tug & Barge vessel sank in Guemes Channel and spilled approximately 70,000 gallons of oil.
  • January 2018 – The Jones Act lawyers at Arnold & Itkin filed suit against Harley Marine Gulf LLC after a man was injured while on the job.

When Accidents Happens, Arnold & Itkin Holds Harley Accountable

Harley Marine Services Accident Attorneys from Arnold & Itkin LLP.The incidents mentioned above reveal that no company is immune to neglect. Offshore work is already dangerous. Even companies that boast about their ability to lead the industry in technology, safety, and service are prone to making mistakes that cost their employees their health and their careers. When that happens, our Harley Marine accident attorneys hold companies accountable for negligence.

At Arnold & Itkin, we have seen a pattern of companies boasting about safety but failing to implement and practice the policies they claim to have until an accident happens. When companies neglect safety, employees get hurt. Our offshore injury attorneys have a history of fighting for each client’s recovery. We have a history of results that show how we help them rebuild their lives.


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