Marine Towing of Tampa, was founded in October of 1999 by a group of towing professionals. The formation of the company ended a monopoly on harbor tug services that existed in the Tampa Bay area.
In January of 2003, after a six year hiatus from the towing business, members of the Steinbrenner family reunited with the Marine Towing group, all of whom where former employees of the family’s Bay Transportation Corporation as partners in Marine Towing of Tampa.
Steve Swindal and Hal Steinbrenner, where General Partners of the New York Yankees, served, respectively, as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the company; furthering the family’s maritime interests, which began on the Great Lakes in 1852. In 2007, Steve Swindal became the major shareholder of the company. And in 2008, he was appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist and reappointed in 2012 by Governor Scott to the Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners.
Marine Towing’s fleet is exclusively made up of high horsepower tractor tugs specifically designed for ship assist work in close quarters. With the oldest tug in the fleet constructed in 2000 and the latest delivered in 2013.