Hunter Marine

Professional marine transportation, inland river barge terminal, & river dredging operation.

Customer satisfaction is
Our Mission

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.


1976: Ron 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.

1977: The M/V L.R. Chapman was the second boat added to the fleet.

1978: A single screw towboat called Louise was purchased and renamed M/V J.W. Hunter in honor of Ron's father.

1982: Hunter 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.

1987: A 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.

1988: A line haul boat called Harry F. White was bought and renamed the M/V Cumberland Hunter.

1999: A towboat named Mary H. Morrison was purchased and renamed M/V Sarah Hunter in honor of Ron's Mother.

2003: A towboat named Afton was bought and renamed the M/V Tennessee Hunter.

2006: Hunter 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.

2007: Hunter Marine completed construction of its first-ever new vessel, the M/V James H. Hunter, which was named in honor of Ron's Son.

2008: Hunter Marine relocated its vessel operations from Nashville, TN to a new facility in Paducah, KY.

2009: Hunter 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.

2010: Hunter Marine acquired IMI-Delta, its primary sand and gravel supplier. This acquisition led to the creation of the Hunter Sand & Gravel division.

PRESENT : Today, 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.

Hunter Marine's
Recent News

Hunter Marine founder and President, Ron Hunter, passed away

Jan 2017

Hunter Marine founder and President, Ron Hunter, passed away after a long battle with cancer but positions the company to continue into the future....

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Hunter Marine sells its Sand and Gravel and Terminal operations to Pine Bluff Materials

Sep 2016

On September 30, 2016, Nashville-based Hunter Marine and Pine Bluff Materials Co. LLC announced that they entered into an agreement for Hunter to sett its Hunter Sand & Gravel and Hunter marine Terminal divisions to Pine Bluff....

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