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Thomas Tank Barge, Kennedy Construction yard with cranes in Galveston, Texas

About Thomas Tank Barge, Inc.

Thomas Tank Barge, Inc. is dedicated to engineering, fabricating, and maintaining the highest quality marine equipment possible. Owner Chris Kennedy's creed  --  "We never build to minimum standards" -- is evidenced throughout the family-owned marine facility.


TTB’s mission is to operate with integrity, passion, and attention to detail, thereby ensuring delivery of a quality product that consistently exceeds its customers' expectations.


TTB believes in its employees, community, and environment. The company is committed to using American-made products whenever possible, including US Steel, PPG/Ameron coatings, Ian-Conrad Bergan, LLC alarm systems, and Lincoln Electric high amperage welding equipment and consumables.

Chis and Kyle Kennedy, Thomas tank barge

Owner Chris Kennedy and son, Kyle.


Certifications & Affiliations


Do it Safe. Do it Right.


Putting our people first, we have an exemplary safety record and have designed, engineered, constructed over 70 projects with zero warranty or claim issues. We are truly grateful for our team members, the hard work they put in and the quality that comes out.

Our People


Chris, after working in the marine construction field since 1984, founded Kennedy Construction in 1998. Chris was inspired by his father, Thomas Kennedy, and his grandfather, Kyle Smithson, both builders in their own right.


Kennedy Construction is a multi-faceted marine building facility, located in the heart of the Galveston, Texas, shipping area on Harborside Drive. The company’s primary focus is marine-related design and construction of marine craft. This includes barge/vessel launch and retrieval systems (predominantly tilt beam configuration), excavation, concrete placement, rail transfer systems and wharfage and waterfront land development.


Seeing the opportunity to concentrate further on engineering, fabricating, and maintaining marine equipment, Chris incorporated Thomas Tank Barge, Inc. in 2014.



Three Generations of Inspiration

Knut Bergan of Ian-Conrad Bergan on working with TTB

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