This is a good point.
Local tug companies that know the local business and local waters, are how the tugboat business is supposed to work. Distant companies run by lawyers, accountants, and financiers and would be opportunists cutting prices and jumping into work and waters they do not know. This is not good.
A few big companies should not be buying up all the little companies.
Tidewater Barge Lines, a Columbia River operator in Oregon, buying Island Tug & Barge in Vancouver, BC is not a good thing. Nor is Chouest taking Valdez away from Crowley, and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire away from Moran. Nor is Foss (TOTE) gobbling up Young Brothers, Anderson Tug & Barge and Cook Inlet Tug & Barge. Nor was Ksea buying Seacoast, and the Kirby buying Ksea. Harley going to Houston and New York was a bad idea. So is Vane coming to Seattle.