Background & History

UIC Marine Services (UICMS) is an experienced provider of marine cargo transportation, offering reliable, flexible shipping solutions to governmental agencies, the petroleum and construction industries, and the coastal communities of Alaska.


 Annual Service from Seattle to the Arctic Slope of Alaska


Our subsidiary, Bowhead Transport Company (BTC), is wholly owned by Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC), the Alaska Native Village corporation of Barrow, Alaska. BTC has operated vessels in the Arctic since 1982, serving the coastal villages of the North Slope Borough on the Arctic Slope of Alaska. We are the only marine common carrier with an annual barge and remote site service originating in Seattle.


From Pt. Hope to Barrow, to Kaktovik, we have extensive experience transporting construction materials, heavy equipment, hazardous waste, container loads of annual stores and more.  Every year we transport thousands of tons of cargo to the Arctic, around the Arctic and back to the Lower 48.


BTC is organized as a Vessel Operating Common Carrier with a tariff filed with the Surface Transportation Board and available for public viewing. Our main office is located in Seattle, Washington. UIC Marine Services and Bowhead Transport Company are minority-owned enterprises.