About Us

P & L Towing and Transportation, Inc. was established in 1993 by Capt. Herbert “Beau” Payne and his original business partner, Pat Lewis, to provide high-quality and skilled ship assist services for the numerous Caribbean “mom-and-pop” shipping lines calling the congested, narrow and difficult waters of the Miami River. Anneliese Suffin, Beau’s mother-in-law and then shareholder, gave Beau and Pat a “leg up” in assistance in the purchase of their first tug, the “Cassia Leigh,” in 1992. 

With Capt. Beau at the helm, the company thrived due to his integrity, tenacity, and leadership, growing in capability and offering additional marine towing services to large scale dredging and marine construction companies with projects all across the US seaboard.

Then in 2002, Capt. Beau successfully entered the marine salvage and commercial diving market with the founding of Associated Marine Salvage, Inc. (AMSI) performing ship salvage, emergency response, and environmental services for South Florida and the Caribbean.

Tragically, Capt. Beau’s family, friends and employees suffered his unforeseen passing in the Spring of 2017. Pushing through tremendous heartbreak to overcome an organizational crisis, his wife, Heidi Payne, and his children, Rikki and Oliver, made the decision to carry-on in the wake of his loss and continue his legacy as a driven, dependable industry leader and entrepreneur.

Today, the company continues to thrive as a proudly Floridian, US Flagged Jones Act Operator and Certified Woman-Owned Small Business Enterprise with a focus on Ingenuity, Responsiveness and Integrity, with Capt. Beau forever in mind.