The Hunter Family of Companies include a professional marine transportation company, an inland river barge terminal, and river dredging operation - each division fully dedicated to professionalism and total customer satisfaction.
Our role is to provide quality transportation for all company-owned and contracted marine equipment and to provide superior barge loading and unloading services, professional warehousing, and reliable dredging operations while maintaining a safe, responsible and environmentally correct workplace for all employees.
Our accomplishments are fostered through teamwork, quality management and an overall commitment to excellence.Company History
1976Ron Hunter founded Hunter Marine Transport, Inc. on the west end of Nashville, TN. He began the company with one boat, the M/V Sarah G. Hunter. This boat was named in honor of Ron's mother.
1977The M/V L.R. Chapman was the second boat added to the fleet.
1978A single screw towboat called Louise was purchased and renamed M/V J.W. Hunter in honor of Ron's father.
1982Hunter purchased farmland at mile marker 175 on the Cumberland River. This is the location of the Company's present-day Corporate Headquarters and the Nashville River Terminal.
1987A harbor boat called the Blake Robertson was bought and renamed to M/V Glenn A in honor of the company's Chief Operating Officer, Glenn Hendon.
1988A line haul boat called Harry F. White was bought and renamed the M/V Cumberland Hunter.
1999A towboat named Mary H. Morrison was purchased and renamed M/V Sarah Hunter in honor of Ron's Mother.
2003A towboat named Afton was bought and renamed the M/V Tennessee Hunter.
2006Hunter Marine diversified into three separate companies under a common ownership and management. The companies are Hunter Marine Administrative Services, LLC., Hunter Marine Transport, Inc., Hunter Marine Terminal, LLC.
2007Hunter Marine completed construction of its first-ever new vessel, the M/V James H. Hunter, which was named in honor of Ron's Son.
2008Hunter Marine relocated its vessel operations from Nashville, TN to a new facility in Paducah, KY.
2009Hunter Marine completed construction of its second new vessel, the M/V Danny L Whitford. This boat was named after the company's Vice President of Vessel Operations.
2010Hunter Marine acquired IMI-Delta, its primary sand and gravel supplier. This acquisition led to the creation of the Hunter Sand & Gravel division.
PRESENTToday, Hunter Marine continues its long-term commitment to serve its customers. Over the last 30 years Hunter Marine has expanded its fleet and diversified its operations. The company now specializes in dry cargo transportation on the inland waterways, sand dredging, and terminalling bulk commodities.