Founded in 1971 by Gary Short, we are still a family-owned and family-run company. Our operations cover the United States and Canada, but are primarily concentrated along the East Coast. We have drivers and managers based throughout the Southeast.


Our goal is to provide the safest, most reliable service to our customers. Our drivers and managers are the key to achieving this goal and we are here to support them in doing that.


We believe the success of our company depends on the success of our employees.


    Gary W. Short began working in the tank-truck industry in 1965 for Ryder Tank Lines and later Chemical Leaman. He worked in Chattanooga, TN and Greensboro, NC before becoming a lease operator in Richmond, VA in 1971. Gary separated from Chemical Leaman and the operation evolved into Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corporation. Gary served on the Board of Directors for the National Tank Truck Carriers Association and on its Budget and Finance Committee for 20 years. He was a past president of the Virginia Trucking Association and now serves on the Executive Committee.


    Mark W. Short began working with Atlantic Bulk Carrier part time and during summers as a teenager. He has worked in the maintenance, billing and operations departments. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University, Short joined Atlantic Bulk full time in 1995. As president, he concentrates his efforts on operations and revenue management. Short lives in Richmond with his wife and three children.

  • J.Ward Best
    Vice President

    J. Ward Best began his career with Atlantic Bulk Carrier in 1996. He has immersed himself in all aspects of the business, from working in the shop to safety and compliance. From 2002 – 2006, he served as President of Atlantic Tank Lines, a sister company of Atlantic Bulk that specialized in hazardous materials transportation. Mr. Best returned to Atlantic Bulk Carrier as Vice President when the companies merged in 2007. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from NC State University in 1988. His education and training include coursework through NATMI, FMCSA, DOT and state and national associations focusing on accident investigation, regulatory compliance, hazardous materials and security. Recognitions include 2010 and 2011 Grand Award for safety officials in the annual NTTC Competitive Safety Contest. In 2013, Mr.Best was awarded the Risk Control Manager of the Year Award by Raffles Insurance Ltd. He is a member of the Virginia Trucking Association Safety Council and the American Society of Safety Engineers.


    Atlantic Bulk Carrier operates from our home terminal outside of Richmond, Virginia and satellite terminals throughout the Southeast. We base our equipment and terminals at the most convenient locations for our customers and along major routes of travel. Our drivers live and work throughout the region that spans from Virginia to Florida and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. We appreciate the local connection our drivers and employees bring to all of our operations.
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