Tug Service and Barge Rental




Intracoastal Marine, Inc. provides it's mariners with a flexible work schedule.  This allows our employees the opportunity to return home to their families more often than a traditional set schedule.  We believe this boosts the crew's moral when operating our vessels.  The happiness and sense of fulfillment of our personnel is an integral part in providing the best service possible for our customers.  

Additionally, we strive to keep crew shifting to a minimum.  This allows for our mariners to take pride in their assigned vessel.  Because of our vessel specific crewing, our boats have been able to uphold the Company's reputation as one of the most well maintained fleets in the industry.  All of our vessels are U.S. Coast Guard examined and compliant.  We equip all of our vessels with state of the art navigational equipment and safety equipment that exceeds the standard requirements.


Over half of our office personnel have worked as mariners themselves.  Additionally, we maintain licensed office personnel, so customers can be assured they will be working with a staff of knowledgeable and experienced personnel.


Greg Conn has held a USCG Master of Towing Vessel License since 1988. 

Marine Operations Manager & Business Development:  

Ken Howerton graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Old Dominion University in 1992 and has an extensive career in the tug and barge industry obtaining licenses of Master of Towing, Master Unlimited, and First Class Pilot any gross tons.

Port Engineer:  

Brett Leigers, originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, worked his way up from deckhand to dredge captain on the western rivers before coming to the East Coast to work for Intracoastal in 2015 and working his way to Port Engineer.  In addition to his duties as Port Engineer, he is a proven equipment operator on bobcats, front end loaders, and material handlers. ​

Administration And 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.

Director of Marine Operations:

Virginia Beach native and 2010 graduate from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in International Maritime Business, Alexander Merz joined Intracoastal Marine Inc in April 2018.  He has over 13 years experience in the Marine Industry, over half of that 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.

Safety And Compliance:

​As the newest member of the management team at Intracoastal, 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.