Shallow Draft Vessels

As a Vessel Operating Common Carrier, Bowhead has two shallow draft Landing Craft, the Sam Taalak built in 1997, and the Unalaq built in 2014, to facilitate our lighterage operations. Combined with our all-terrain forklift loaders, the lighterage/beach operations take the cargo off the Line Haul Barge for the final half mile to the beach and delivery to our customers.  Bowhead also employes a shallow draft lagoon push boat, the Inutuq II and aluminum barge, the Tony Saganna for ultra shallow draft lagoon service at Point Lay and Wainwright villages.


 Sam Taalak




 Inutuq II & Tony Saganna


Remote site service is a specialty. Utilizing the shallow draft Landing Craft, Bowhead is able to provide service to locations not navigable by deeper draft towboats and barges.


Each landing craft is outfitted with a full complement of cargo handling equipment including all-terrain articulating forklifts capable of handling up to 35,000 pounds.