About Us

About Us

A Letter From Our Owners

Nicole, Michele, Denise 2014We were in our teens when our Dad, Mike Garvey, co-founded Saltchuk in 1982. Since then, the company has steadily become a larger part of our lives. In 2009, we took a significant advancement when the three of us stepped into the role of majority owners of the company. Continuing Dad’s vision, we hope to build the best family of transportation and petroleum distribution companies in North America.

While Saltchuk is not widely known, the companies we own and operate are: Foss, TOTE, Northern Aviation Services, Tropical Shipping and NorthStar Energy represent key lines of business that make up our company. We are committed to providing stable and financially sound ownership to our operating companies, including the capital for reinvestment and growth.

Saltchuk is often referred to as asset intensive because our companies use specialized equipment. But our most valuable asset is not a tugboat, an airplane or a ship–it’s the people who work throughout Saltchuk’s companies. We value the professionalism of every employee throughout the Saltchuk family of companies and are always seeking people who take pride in being professional and share our values of Reliability, Safety and Commitment.

Our values are key to our success and unite our operations under the same mission:

  • Safety, so that every one of our employees returns home to their families each night.
  • Reliability, because our companies provide essential services to some of the most remote communities in the country.
  • Commitment, which encompasses our promise to make a difference and contribute to the long term success of our people and the communities and environments in which we work.

As sisters in a family business, we have challenged ourselves to pass this company on to our own children in even better shape than when we took on the ownership. We invite you to explore our site or contact one of our offices to learn more about Saltchuk and our exciting future ahead.


Nicole Engle, Michele Seaver & Denise Tabbutt