Company Overview

Signet Maritime Corporation is a diverse international marine transportation and logistics services company. We have helped our customers for the past 39 years achieve extraordinary results due, in large parts, to the efforts of our employees, who are widely regarded as among the most knowledgeable, helpful, innovative and best trained marine personnel available. Strict adherence to our Quality, Safety and Management Systems assures unrivalled attention to detail in serving our customers. Signet's systems have been fully vetted by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and certified as compliant with the strict requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and the IMO's - ISM Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention. Signet also carries the highest marine liability and property insurance coverages to protect its customers through the American Club and is STCW 2010, and MTSA certified.

Signet's expertise includes:

  • Offshore Marine & Energy Services
  • Barge & Rig Movements
  • Harbor Tugboat Operations
  • Petroleum Transport & Vessel Bunkering
  • Rig Transport Services – Total Turnkey Project Management
  • Full Service Shipyard with 600-ton Travelift
  • Ocean Towing
  • Subsea Service Support
  • LNG Vessel Assist

Signet also provides deck barge, shipping and other marine services to assist its customers. Previous engagements have included technical project support services involving construction contracting and on site representation and project cargo transport.

Presently headquartered in Houston, Signet has expanded to include full service navigation centers in Brownsville and Ingleside, Texas, Morgan City and Port Fourchon, Louisiana, Pascagoula, Mississippi, Jacksonville, Florida and an international operations center in Dubai, UAE. Signet provides door to door transportation services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year supplying turnkey project management domestically and internationally. Signet now operates 42 owned and bare boat chartered vessels, including ocean and harbor tugs, ocean heavy lift deck barges and inland deck barges. The average age of Signet’s fleet is 11 years. Signet also operates a full service shipyard, Signet Shipbuilding & Repair, with a 600-ton Travelift providing repair, refurbishment and newbuild vessel services at its Pascagoula location. Signet can always be reached via our 24-hour manned phone lines.

Signet is headed by J. Barry Snyder, its President, founder and sole owner. Mr. Snyder is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Signet's other seasoned management members possess professional and graduate degrees and certifications or have run their own businesses.

The Assignment, Attitude and Accomplishment of Signet rests solely on the shoulders of our employees and we continue to be miles above the competition, providing the most knowledgeable, helpful, innovative and best trained marine personnel available.

Signet endeavors for excellence in every service we provide as we expand to meet the global needs of our customers, tailoring services to meet and exceed the unique and demanding needs of every project.


In 1976, Bulkfleet Marine Corporation, predecessor to Signet Maritime Corporation, was founded by Mr. Snyder. Bulkfleet designed, constructed and operated the first 30,000 deadweight ton heavy-fuel 8,000 horsepower tug/barge units. Bulkfleet expanded its SIGNET operations into the Signet group of shipping, intermodal and harbor docking companies engaged in bulk petroleum distribution, inland towing, rig and energy support and ship management.

Bulkfleet consolidated into Signet Maritime in 1984 which provided for the expansion into ocean towing and intermodal services. Signet's purchase of Ocean Transportation Services from Foss Maritime in the same year gave Signet break-bulk and project cargo capabilities. The merger of Bulkfleet and its subsidiaries into Signet allowed the company to focus its core technology competence within the maritime field.

In 1999, the company purchased the Gulf of Mexico to South America shipping business from Sea Freight Companies which gave Signet the capacity to move project cargoes and break-bulk materials in modern ocean vessels worldwide. In 2003, Signet purchased Garrett Marine, Inc., which significantly increased the company's presence in Ingleside/ Aransas Pass utilizing Garrett's three tugs.

In June 2010, Signet acquired Colle Towing Company, Inc. in Pascagoula, Mississippi adding a full service Shipyard, Signet Shipbuilding & Repair, offshore energy support and barge transport and LNG operations center.

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