What started as one man’s vision to become the best fuel delivery service to vessels of all types is today just that as Peterson Fuel Delivery celebrates its 20th anniversary. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company, recognized by its yellow fuel barges operating in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade intracoastal waters, provides high grade diesel and lubricants to boats ranging from 50- to 450-plus-feet, both private and commercial.
“The company was founded in 1997 and my father, Tom Andersen, bought in and expanded quickly,” says president, Hardy Anderson. “He always believed if you wanted to run a successful profitable business you need to take care of these assets and always make sure you’re a couple steps ahead of the game. So, early on he invested in building two more self-propelled barges while converting the first barge into a self-propelled barge as well; this was originally a push barge. He also saw that what boaters and yacht captains wanted was consistent availability and white glove service. Our proudest accomplishments in recent years is making a name for ourselves being the 5-star service to some of the world’s largest yachts.”
Peterson tells a fun story about when one of the company’s high profile clients came into town for a very large fueling that took most of the day. Once finished, the yachts captain and chief engineer invited Peterson and his team aboard for a tour.
“I have never seen anything like it, even on TV,” he says. “The custom detail down to every square inch. The Chief engineer said it was possible to not see crew for weeks! The engine room was three stories tall and the control room looked like it belonged in NASA. Those are experiences you will never forget and drive us to be the best yacht fueling service in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.”