For more than 15 years, I have been fortunate to be a part of the thriving and successful growth here at Blessey Marine Services. I have watched our fleet more than triple in size during that time, all the while reducing our spill and injury rates. Our core values and our team of more than 875 dedicated employees have been the keys to our success through the years. Many companies can talk the talk, but here at Blessey Marine, we all walk the walk.
Our family business is dedicated to the safe and efficient transportation of our customers' liquid bulk cargos along the navigable inland waterways. Our safety efforts begin at the top of our organization and are upheld throughout every extension of our company. We realize that safety starts with the management team. I help lead our GOAL ZERO effort with consistent values and setting attainable goals that demand accountability. Walter and I continue to provide our employees with the necessary resources they need to get each job done safely and effectively. The implementation of our core values, combined with our commitment to safety is what continues to make Blessey Marine Services the premier fleet on the inland waterways.
Everyone at Blessey Marine is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction. We realize that without the confidence and long-term relationships we have built over the years with our customers, we could not have formed the foundation of our success. We challenge ourselves each and every day to give our customers what they demand; excellence in safety and operations.
Our employees are the backbone of our company—an extension of our own family and we strive to provide for them in every way possible. Our family has always been committed to providing safe and stable working environments for our entire staff. Our business principals demand high standards of ethical conduct in all that we do. In turn, that care is transferred into knowledge and experience which ensures that our customers will receive the highest level of service. We feel 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 today is a testament to our people and their dedication.
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 operational excellence and safety 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