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About Us

Latham’s unique tug design allows maximum horsepower with shallow drafts and stable hulls, with lines and curves that denote a classic proud beauty. Within the bulkheads of each brightly painted vessel are everything a seaman could want: freshly maintained machinery with backup systems, a full outfit of rigging gear and safety equipment, satellite communications and navigational aids, private cabins with modern comforts, and a generous food supply. Each boat has a decorative, teak wood paneled homelike environment.

Smith Maritime’s vessels operate primarily between the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, and Central & South America. When opportunity arises we also operate in Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, West Africa & the Pacific. Our history is one of dedicated service with a superior tow and safety record. During these 45+ years, we have towed vessels of every description all over the world. Through major storms, exotic foreign calls, and difficult salvage projects, we have made a thousand friends.

Our services include ocean and coastal towing, cable laying, submersible operations, cargo & dredge ops, demolition, harbor, anchor and buoy handling, oil-field work, and most exciting of all, salvage and rescue.

Captain Latham Smith, the mastermind of planning & engineering, travels the world frequently to assess various equipment and projects. In addition to his role as Captain, he manages assets in salvage operations. At any given time, we employ 40-60 people, including several of our crew who have been with us 20 or more years. As the company grows, we continue to add new personnel to our great tugboat & barge teams!

Smith Maritime

Latham Smith founded Smith Maritime in 1968 when he built his first oceangoing boat, the Tug Elsbeth.


We are currently looking for Captains, Mates, and Engineers. Learn more and apply today!



Our tugs are designed with maximum horsepower packaged in as shallow draft and stable a hull as nature allows. 

Projects &

View some of our recent projects to see how Smith Maritime has proven to be the ideal choice for challenges of all sizes.

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