Bowhead marine transportation


Stay on course

Get the job done right, on time, and as efficiently as possible.

The sea is unpredictable and even the most careful planning requires experience to make adjustments and stay on course (literally and figuratively). You need a dependable marine transportation partner who’s able to provide the guidance and careful management necessary to get the job done right. On time, every time.


We serve our clients in the following ways:



Over 40 years of successful marine cargo transportation between Seattle and Alaska. Bowhead Transport knows how important your cargo is.  We understand the importance of timeliness.  Utilizing our line haul Tugs and Barges out of Seattle in conjunction with our Alaska based lightering vessels, (Ramp Barge, Landing Craft and River Tugs / Barges) we move cargo to nearly every coastal region of Alaska.  Big or small, we move it all.  Containers, equipment, construction materials, cranes, vehicles, boats, rock and gravel, super sacks, food, etc.  

We provide this service across all industries in the primary ports of Seattle, Seward, Bethel, Dillingham, Nome, Pt Hope, Barrow, Prudhoe Bay, St Paul and Adak.  

We also provide line haul cargo delivery into the outlying communities and remote unimproved landings in every region of Alaska utilizing our lightering vessels upon request. 


Bowhead Transport provides remote project mobilization and demobilization for our clients, specifically those in the environmental remediation and remote construction industries. Transporting and landing in remote areas requires careful planning and constant surveillance—especially in uncertain waters. Our team has the experience and variety of unique shallow draft vessels required for landings of this type.  We are equipped with all the necessary technology to make these operations run smoothly.


In addition to our cargo transport services, Bowhead Transport vessels are equipped for safe and comfortable live-aboard lodging and dining. The M/V Unalaq has comfortable sleeping accommodations, clean bathrooms, and a commercial galley with full kitchen, on-board chef services, and ample dining space for up to 10 guests.


The Bowhead Transport team has over four decades of marine transportation experience. We provide project support services for clients in industries such as federal government, construction, oil and gas, environmental (land and sea remediation), science, and technology. We offer logistics planning, upland cargo transport, excavation, roadway building, and numerous other services depending on the unique client needs.


The Bowhead Transport push boats and barges specialize in small water, technically challenging inland river barging. Our vessels were designed to operate in extremely shallow water providing cargo transportation in rivers, lakes, canals, bays, and inlets. These vessels currently provide service in the entire Bethel / Kuskokwim River system as well as Dillingham / Nushagak River.

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We provide ocean lightering service with our 150’ Landing Craft, “Unalaq” or our Sitka Tug boat and 234ft “Spruce” ramp barge. When clients are moving cargo, equipment, soil, rock, etc. on a time-sensitive schedule, utilizing the Unalaq or Sitka / Spruce is an advantage due to our efficiency when running to or from a beach landing utilizing the built in hydraulic landing ramps on both the landing craft and the barge.


Given our experience in Alaskan waters, our crew capably provides services to geo survey clients. With over 4,000 sq feet of available deck space, accommodations for up to 10 guests, and our 20,000 lb deck crane board the Unalaq landing craft, we provide an excellent platform for open ocean and near shore geo survey operations helping clients gather critical information for the development of maps and models.


We provide fiber optic cable installation and repair services with our specifically-modified vessels. We work closely with clients throughout the entire installation and repair process to ensure accuracy and address any issues that may arise.



Given our history and experience in Alaskan waters, we provide emergency response services to any and all clients as the need arises This service can include the speedy assessment of a damaged ship, transportation for passengers in an emergency event, or environmental clean up of fuel, oil, or debris. Bowhead Transport is also well suited to assist with the recovery/salvage of vessels.

Ocean Line Haul Cargo

Live Aboard Lodging and Dining

Remote Project Mobilization

River Cargo Delivery

High Speed Transport

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Remote Project Mobilization

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River Cargo Delivery

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High Speed Transport

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