Mr. Vincent Higgs, the original owner of Abaco Tug and Transport in Marsh Harbour, explained how his company came to be. In the late eighties, he said that he invested in a tug company, then located on Green Turtle Cay because his son Laurence was working there. The company had been founded by Percy Pinder. When Mr. Pinder decided to sell the business, Mr. Higgs thought it was a logical move to buy it since the company offered good basis for improvement. Upon its purchase in 1995, the business was moved to its present location in Calcutta.
While looking at sea, you might see a blue and white tug boat, pushing or pulling a barge or going to the rescue of a boat in need. Abaco Tug & Transport owns three tug boats, two presently in operation and one being repaired.
Mr. Laurence Higgs, the owner / manager of Marsh Harbour Boat Yard, explained that the Boat Yard was created as an extension of Abaco Tug & Transport, some fourteen years ago.
“The resources were in place,” he explained, “as we had an under-utilized property with old equipment used for marine construction. We were then able to acquire a hydraulic trailer to haul and block boats.” It was the start of the successful Boat Yard presently in existence.
The next step was to order a boat lift able to hoist up to 85 ton and to customize it to fit the Moorings’ catamarans. The lift can now haul up a boat up to 25ft wide.
Over the years, more services were added. The company now offers boat painting and mechanical work but storage has become the main source of income. As the demand for storage increased, the storage capability was expanded to accommodate twenty more boats for long term storage. Cradle storage has also helped minimize the possible damage of hurricanes. A marina was also created and the present forty slips will soon be increased by an extra sixteen.
Services that are not provided in- house, such as electronics and canvasses, can be sub-contracted, mentioned Mr. Higgs.
As their father retired, his two sons, Laurence and Jonathan, took over the management of both companies, with Jonathan running Abaco Tug & Transport and Laurence managing the Marsh Harbour Boat Yard.