America is a land of freeways and highways. These roads carry people and products from Key West to Caribou, Maine, from San Diego to Alaska, plus to all the many points between. Our roads are not just asphalt ribbons reaching for the horizon; they are the arteries of commerce. On any given day you may see tankers of olive oil, a thousand container trucks, cages full of turkeys, bins of lettuce or even sixteen wheelers moving a tire the size of your car. Someday you may see a tug and barge in your rearview mirror.
Yes, a tugboat. Pacific Maritime Group has a fleet of tugboats made to go by truck. Our smallest tugs are in some ways our most versatile. They “fly” out of the water onto a flatbed truck for deployment to jobsites on inland and remote, inaccessible waterways. Our fleet of tiny tugboats has been crucial to the success of big projects on natural lakes, man-made and residential lakes, rivers, reservoirs, dams, estuaries, ponds, amusement parks, anywhere there is water and a need.
With tugs go barges. The perfect match for our small truckable tugs is our inventory of sectional barges that can be lifted and trucked in sections and assembled at remote jobsites. These robust sectional steel barges are made to pin together to perform a barge size and shape to fit the job. We can then add spuds and spud winches, cranes, dredge equipment, dive and salvage gear, environmental response packages, construction equipment, bulk materials, and so much more.
Here is a tug plus 6 sectional barges on the upper Sacramento River.
Poseidon and Flexifloat set the industry standard. At ten feet wide they are perfect for the road. We have loaded these barges with cranes, vehicles, drills, concrete forms, boulders and equipment of all sorts. Believe it or not, we made an island out of them to promote a television show.
Don’t be too surprised to see a PMG tugboat or barge on your commute to work, or on an outing to the High Sierras or out in the desert. Be sure to give us a wave, we think it’s fun too!