In 1955, Captain Numa J. Guidry assembled a fleet of inland towing vessels to service the Gulf Coast transportation market and called his company Harvey Canal Towing Company. Ten years later, Captain Numa's two sons joined the family enterprise and helped expand the company into the offshore ocean towing and rig moving industry. The company's name was changed to reflect the new direction: Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc.
From the early 1960's through the late 1990's, Harvey Gulf maintained and operated a fleet of both offshore, and inland towing vessels that towed, among other things, jack-up and semi-submersible drilling rigs, bulk cargo barges, and large structures and facilities laden on barges. Harvey Gulf also regularly towed liquefied natural gas (propane) filled barges from Louisiana to ports in the Caribbean, U.S. East Coast and U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
In 1988, Shane became the third generation of the Guidry family to operate the family business. Mr. Guidry supported and managed all aspects of the business. In 1997, Shane J. Guidry became President and CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc.
As the years progressed, Harvey Gulf transitioned from a full-service towing operator to one specializing in offshore towing,
with a focus on towing large jack-up and semi-submersible rigs in the deepwater and ultra-deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico. As part of this specialization, Harvey Gulf divested the company's liquefied petroleum gas division, sold all of its inland towing vessels, and replaced them with larger, more powerful offshore towing vessels. Harvey Gulf also repowered and added equipment to its existing fleet of offshore towing vessels to enable them to perform the specialized service required for deepwater rig towing.
With this transition, Harvey Gulf developed a reputation for operating the most powerful towing vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. We also modernized electronics and navigation systems and installed performance and safety equipment, such as Shark Jaws, bow thrusters, and kort nozzles. Harvey Gulf also placed a strong emphasis on Health Safety and Environmental ("HSE") preservation and management. The result has been superior performance and a safety record second to none.
Seeing the future need for other types of vessels to support deepwater drilling and production, Harvey Gulf began its ongoing fleet expansion to include Offshore Supply Vessels ("OSV's") in 2003. Like its towing vessels, Harvey Gulf's new-generation OSV's are characterized by large size, high cargo capacities, and sophisticated electronics and navigation systems. They range in size from 240 ft. to 280 ft. in length, and are all ABS Classed with DP2 certification. More recently, Harvey Gulf has further expanded its OSV fleet to include vessels that, in addition to traditional offshore supply services, can support deepwater rig mooring operations with Reel Spooling Units, as well as surveying activities, offshore and subsea construction, pipeline inspection and repair and dive support services.
On August 21, 2008, Shane and Shawn Guidry, along with The Jordan Company, L.P., a New York based private equity firm, acquired Harvey Gulf from the Guidry family. Shane J. Guidry remains Chief Executive Officer. Through the sale, Harvey Gulf looks to combine the management team and specialized services and equipment developed over the past ten years with a partner dedicated to expanding the fleet and services to meet the evolving needs of its customers, while maintaining the same level of performance and safety standards they rely on.