About Us

 

About Intracoastal Marine

Intracoastal Marine, LLC is a leader in quality marine towing services and has grown to become a mainstay in the Port of Hampton Roads. Whether you require marine support with tugs, pushboats, truckable tugs, barges, or offloading services, Intracoastal Marine is ready to work for you.

Intracoastal Marine is a leader in quality marine towing services and has grown to become a mainstay in the Port of Hampton Roads. Our foundation is built around the desire to provide the highest quality marine towing service available – while partnering with customers to achieve their specific logistics and transportation goals. We deliver this through our commitment to our personnel, equipment, and the protection of the environment. Whether you require marine support with tugs, pushboats, truckable tugs, barges, or offloading services, Intracoastal Marine is ready to work for you.

Our History

greg-conn.jpgGregory Conn began his maritime career as a deckhand in 1982. As he gained experience, he advanced to the engine room and worked as an engineer. He ultimately obtained his Master's license and became a well-respected Captain. He aspired to form his own tug company, and in 1995 he and an associate started a company with the purchase of the tug Cheyenne.

In 2001, Mr. Conn decided to take a chance and branch out on his own. He purchased his first tug, the Carolina, and thus Intracoastal Marine was born. Our distinguishing colors of white and gold were adopted in 2002. In 2004, he purchased his second boat, the Evelyn Doris. He continued to grow a fleet of tugs varying in sizes and capabilities to meet the needs of ICM's customers.

Nearly 20 years later, you can find our fleet proudly displaying the white and gold colors running from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico.

Strategically Located to Serve

Intracoastal Marine operates in the Port of Hampton Roads. Our office with tug operations and barge offloading is located at Scuffletown Creek on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, VA. This location is over 6 acres with 400 feet of bulkhead for dry bulk material handling.

In Memory

paul-mutta.jpgMr. Paul Mutta, Former Port Engineer

Paul Mutta was born and raised in Missouri.  In his first career, he enlisted into the United States Navy earning the rank of Chief before retiring after 21 years and choosing a second career on the water as a towing vessel engineer for an additional 18 years afloat and 3 years ashore as Port Engineer. 

Paul-Mutta.jpgThroughout his career, he proved himself to be a competent and capable vessel engineer with the ability to maintain, diagnose, and repair various shipboard systems and train the next generation of marine engineers.  At any time, day or night he was willing to go above and beyond to help anyone around him.  His hard work, drive to improve, and dedication to getting the job done is an example we all can try to emulate. Paul's presence and effect, loyalty and his sheer drive at Intracoastal Marine will be immensely missed. Fair winds and following seas Chief.

Our Retired Fleet

Our retired fleet boats include Cheyenne, Carolina, Hoss, Evelyn, Doris and Ranger. 

Our Team

Our people make the difference.

Drew "LA" Mullis, Vice President

LA started in the towing industry in 1995 and has had an extensive career of over 26 years in the tug and barge industry and holds a USCG Master of Towing license. Throughout his career, he has worked with all kinds of material and barges including special sensitive tows working the waterways and coast from Maine to Texas.

Alexander Merz, Director of Marine Operations

Alexander Merz, a 2010 graduate from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Maritime Business, joined Intracoastal Marine in April 2018. He has over 14 years’ experience in the Marine Industry, serving the majority of his time operating in the tug and barge industry operating coastwise, and inland from Portland Maine to Corpus Christi, Texas and as far out as Bermuda.

Brittany Holloman, Operations Coordinator

Brittany Holloman grew up in Smithfield Virginia and joined ICM in November 2018 after being a service writer for a Marine Diesel Mechanics company. She quickly excelled as Human Resources Administrator until she was promoted to Operations Coordinator in February 2020.

Christian Crabtree, Safety and Compliance Manager

Christian Crabtree grew up on the waters of the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay. Christian holds a degree in Business Administration and has worked with several local tug companies throughout his career on the water. He also holds a 200-ton master/mate of towing license.

Nancy Schy, Finance

Nancy Schy has over 35 years' experience in marine transportation industry with expertise in accounting, management, and operations. She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Science degree and is a member of the Virginia Maritime Association and the Propeller Club, Port of Norfolk.

Phillip Caudill, Port Engineer

Phillp Caudill has over 42 years’ experience in the marine industry including marine construction. He has multiple certifications on a variety of marine engines, drives and onboard systems. He also managed multiple marine facilities in the Tidewater area before joining Intracoastal Marine.

Mike Gates, Assistant Port Engineer

Mike Gates has over 15 years in the Marine Industry and joined the ICM team in April 2020 coming from a background in stevedoring operations all over the East and Gulf Coasts. Since joining the team he has shown himself to be a valuable member of the team and advancing to Assistant Port Engineer where he can flex his mechanical aptitude, attention to detail, and desire to be well rounded in all facets of our operations.

Rafael Bayona-Soto, Assistant Port Engineer

Rafael Bayona-Soto has over thirty-five years of experience operating large vessels, supervising safe transit to ports and shipyards all over the world, managing customs inspections and compliance, performing structural, rigging, and mechanical repairs, and ensuring crew and vessel safety. He holds a Masters Degree in Biology and currently holds 100-ton master license.

Rebecca Traylor, Administrative Assistant

Becky Traylor is the newest member to our Intracoastal Marine, Inc office staff. She is originally from Kentucky and graduated from Northern Kentucky University with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. Her background includes being a Firefighter and EMT as well as over 10 years' experience as an administrative assistant.