Great Lakes Towing names two new directors

(CLEVELAND) — The Great Lakes Towing Company has hired two new employees within its Great Lakes marine operations group. Lindsay R. Dew has been named director of operations and compliance, and Mark W. Delventhal has been named director of technical services and business development, both reporting to Gregg Thauvette, vice president operations, and working in the company’s Cleveland offices.

Dew will assume combined responsibility for all day-to-day operations of the towing business, and work to improve the company’s quality management programs and systems.
Delventhal will take on the engineering and technical aspects of the towing operation, and work to expand the base of business for the company’s fleet and its other marine resources, including the potential for growth in contract and project work on the East and Gulf coasts and in the Caribbean. He will also use his talents and experience to lead the company’s fleet renewal and planning programs, including design and development for the construction of new tugs.
"By combining these functions under Thauvette's leadership, we are realigning the towing company’s operations management expertise to better serve our contract customers," said Joe Starck, president.
Dew retired from the U.S. Coast after 20 years as maritime operations and safety specialist, including duties as a marine inspector. Just prior to joining the towing company, he was with ABS Consulting for eight years providing risk analysis and risk management expertise. Dew has significant experience working in U.S. and international ports and seaways, including the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. However, this will be his first opportunity experiencing the maritime industry on the Great Lakes. He and his wife have four boys.

Delventhal spent 10 years at P&R Water Taxi, a company of the Hawaii Resource Group, in Honolulu as director of maritime operations, where he was responsible for management of the company’s 22-vessel operation. He also managed the day-to-day operations of the shipyard that serviced its fleet as well as federal and commercial clients. Delventhal also spent 19 years at Military Sealift Command as construction representative and project officer. As a project officer for the Navy’s Auxiliary Fleet, he was responsible for the life cycle maintenance and operations of the T-AFS, T-ATF and the ARS transfer program as well as harbor assist tug and port operations tug contracts at various Navy stations. As a construction representative, he also oversaw the repair, conversion and construction of numerous MSC vessels in shipyards on the East and Gulf coasts. Delventhal is a 1985 graduate of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in marine engineering. He and his wife have three sons.

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By Professional Mariner Staff