For nearly two decades, it has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the thriving growth at Blessey Marine Services. I have watched our fleet more than triple in size during that time, while simultaneously accomplishing our goal to reduce our incident rates to be the industry leader. On a daily basis, our core values, as defined in our Corporate Purpose, and our team of dedicated employees guide our success. Many companies can talk the talk regarding their true culture of safety; however, Blessey Marine walks the walk every day.
Our employees are the backbone of our company — an extension of our own family; we strive to provide for them in every way possible, whether in the office or on one of our vessels. Our family has always been committed to providing safe and stable working environments for every employee. Our safety efforts begin at the top of our organization and are upheld throughout every extension of our company. We believe that safety starts with the management team. Proudly, I lead our GOAL ZERO effort by setting progressive, yet attainable goals that demand accountability at all levels. Walter and I continue to provide our employees with the necessary resources they need to get each job done safely and effectively. The consistent and ongoing implementation of our core values, combined with our commitment to safety, is what makes Blessey Marine Services the premier carrier on the inland waterways.
For our customers, we are committed to the safe and efficient transportation of their liquid bulk cargos along the navigable inland waterways. Everyone at Blessey Marine is committed to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction. We realize that we could not have formed the foundation of our success without the confidence and long-term relationships we have built over the years with our customers. We challenge ourselves each and every day to give our customers what they demand…excellence in safety and operations.
Our business principals demand high standards of ethical conduct in all that we do. In turn, those values are fostered into knowledge and experience that ensure that our customers will receive the highest level of service. We have the most confident and reliable employees in the industry. The integrity of our organization is upheld each and every day by all who proudly wear the Blessey "B". Our success over the past forty years is a testament to the dedication of our people.
We have broadened our expertise through the years to ensure that we have the brightest and most talented people in the industry. Our strategic team building and commitment to safety and operational excellence will carry us through the next generation and beyond. As the industry evolves, Blessey Marine will continue to be an innovative marine transportation leader, powered by the most talented and capable people. We are all truly proud to be a part of Blessey Marine Services.
President & COO