In 1990, Frank Morton founded Turn Services on the principles of putting people first and leading by example. Thirty years later, those founding principles still define Turn Services. Whether it’s barge fleet services on the Lower Mississippi River and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway or towing throughout the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, we know water commerce never stops, so neither do we. Our story is just getting started, and we want you to be a part of the next chapter.
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When Turn Services started 30 years ago, we had a single barge fleet in Burnside, Louisiana, and no vessels but we had a vision of how to best serve our customers, our team and our community. In those early years, Frank Morton managed payroll and contracts from his home. Operations would later move to Davant, Louisiana where Turn Services provided barge fleeting, cleaning and topside repair for companies like Electro-Coal, IMT and ACBL.
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By the early 2000s, business growth led to the company’s acquisition of the first towboat, the M/V Valley Sunrise, later renamed M/V Sir Barton. In 2004, Morton teamed up with David Fennelly and Gary Poirrier, co-chairmen of Associated Terminals, a leading terminal operator on the Lower Mississippi River. Turn Services became the primary barge fleeting and service provider for Associated Terminals. That’s when Turn Services began naming towing vessels after champion thoroughbreds, starting with Triple Crown winners.
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Over the past decade, Turn Services has been growing its fleet and expanding its reach. Under the direction of Mario Muñoz, President of Turn Services, the Turn team now operates five barge fleeting locations in the New Orleans region, as well as Michoud Fleet in the Michoud Canal and Intergulf Marine Fleet on the Houston Ship Channel. As the company’s fleet of pushboats has grown, Turn has expanded its barge transport services as well. We now offer shifting, towing and “last mile” services on both the Lower Mississippi River and all along the Gulf Coast while maintaining our core values and commitment to safety.
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When you partner with Turn Services for your marine transportation needs, you can count on efficient, safe and environmentally responsible service from an unsurpassed staff of professionals. It’s what we call the Turn Guarantee.
To expeditiously meet our customers’ waterborne transportation needs while continuously striving to be a leader in safety and environmental stewardship.
To always embrace environmental, health, and safety objectives as core business values. To be a quality organization of innovators committed to opportunity and growth to continuously upgrade equipment, procedures, and systems to create value for our customers and employees.
WE BELIEVE that the health and personal safety of our team members and associates is paramount, not just a priority.
WE BELIEVE in treating our team members, our communities, and our customers with respect for others’ unique ideas, cultures, values and priorities.
WE BELIEVE in fostering a culture of kindness that all those we interact with are treated as people first.
WE BELIEVE in being responsible and proactive citizens, partnering with communities in the areas which we work, making a positive difference through involvement and engagement.
WE BELIEVE in being committed to our team members by fostering an environment of continuous personal growth and improvement.
WE BELIEVE in the importance of the success of the team at all levels of the organization. No one team member is more important than the other.
WE BELIEVE in protecting the environment at all times by meeting or exceeding regulatory standards and ensuring our operations result in the least impact on the environment and our neighboring communities.
WE BELIEVE in committing to the long-term sustainability of our communities and the environment by always considering our impact on the world.
WE BELIEVE it is our responsibility as an organization to safeguard our natural resources through conservation and sustainable practices.
WE BELIEVE in setting the standard in comprehensive logistical solutions by fostering innovation and encouraging ideas that will make us the safest and most efficient cargo-handling operation in the world.
WE BELIEVE in a culture that promotes team member accountability in the care of all assets to ensure the quality and longevity of our equipment.
WE BELIEVE in using a data-driven approach to constantly assess our practices and processes for constant improvement.
WE BELIEVE in the never-ending pursuit of efficiency by harnessing the knowledge and expertise of our team members, the utilization of cutting-edge technology, and the continuous improvement of our practices.
WE BELIEVE in the importance of providing industry experts in all areas of our organization and will ensure that opportunities to enhance the capabilities of our team are provided so that we can deliver the safest and most efficient logistical solutions in the industry.
WE BELIEVE in continuous improvement by thoroughly investigating all challenges to the quality of service and incorporating lessons learned into our practices.
WE BELIEVE in seeking and exploring opportunities that will lead to continuous controlled growth and the foundation for enhanced market presence that will drive the organization forward.