All the top-notch equipment in the world won’t do you a bit of good in our business unless there’s a fully qualified, experienced, and dedicated staff to put it to work. At Safe/Sea, we believe that staff training is a continuous process, and we work tirelessly to hone our employees’ problem solving skills; after all, our mission is to solve problems for our customers. Meet each of our staff members below.
Capt. John Andrews
Capt. John Andrews is the President, Founder, and majority owner of Safe/Sea. An avid boater throughout his life, Capt. Andrews started the company that would become Safe/Sea in 1983 with the purchase of a 60′ steel tugboat named the William D. Kropp. When the U.S. Coast Guard ceased providing free towing service in non-emergency situations in 1984, Capt. Andrews purchased Safe/Sea’s first fast rescue towboat and began developing the business in Narragansett Bay.
Capt. Andrews is a founding member of C-Port, the national trade association for the Marine Assistance Industry. He served as its Chairman of the Board for several years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, and still sits on the association’s Board of Directors. In addition, he is the Northeast Region’s representative to BoatUS’s Towing Advisory Committee and holds a 100 Ton Near Coastal Master’s License with a Commercial Assistance Endorsement.
Capt. Pete Andrews
Capt. Pete Andrews is the Vice President, co-founder, and a minority owner of Safe/Sea. He also serves as a full-time Senior Staff Captain and is responsible for the design, creation, and implementation of Safe/Sea’s information technology systems. He was born in 1964 and is married with two children, Sarah & William.
Capt. Andrews has over 20 years of experience as a captain of marine towing and salvage vessels. He was Safe/Sea’s first Block Island based captain, establishing the company’s operation on the island in 1988, and serving there through the 1996 boating season. Capt. Andrews holds a 100 Ton Near Coastal Master’s License with a Commercial Assistance Endorsement.
Capt. Andrews has been a leader in the Quick Response Marine Assistance Industry throughout his career, serving on the Board of Directors of C-Port, the national trade association of the Marine Assistance Industry, from 1996 until 2004. He was C-Port’s Chairman of the Board from 1999 through 2004.
Capt. Andy Casey
Capt. Andy Casey is Safe/Sea’s Fleet Operations Manager and a Senior Staff Captain. He is responsible for maintaining all aspects of Safe/Sea’s Fleet and ensuring that our vessels are operationally ready to service our customers. Capt. Casey has twelve years of experience as a captain in the Marine Assistance Industry and holds a 100 Ton Near Coastal Master’s License with a Commercial Assistance Endorsement.
Capt. Bob DiSanto
Capt. Bob DiSanto is Safe/Sea’s Marketing Director and a Senior Staff Captain. He is responsible for managing and organizing all of Safe/Sea marketing efforts. He has fourteen years of experience as a captain in the Marine Assistance Industry and holds a 50 Ton Near Coastal Master’s License with a Commercial Assistance Endorsement.
Capt. Phil LeBlanc
Capt. Phil LeBlanc is Safe/Sea’s Vice President of Maritime Operations and a Senior Staff Captain. He is responsible for day-to-day operational oversight of the various divisions of Safe/Sea, including but not limited to on-the-water operations, communication center operations, fleet and facility maintenance, and Safe/Sea marketing and public relations.
Capt. LeBlanc is also the editor of Safe/Sea’s Helpline Newsletter, a magazine distributed to Safe/Sea Members. He is the National Facilitator for the BoatUS Towing Advisory Council and on the C-PORT Board of Directors. Capt. LeBlanc has sixteen years of experience with Safe/Sea as a Staff Captain and holds a 100 Ton Near Coastal Master’s License with a Commercial Assistance Endorsement.
Capt. Rowan Westall
Capt. Rowan Westall joined the company as a customer support specialist in 2019. His passion for being on the water drove him to become a licensed captain as soon as he was eligible at the age of 18. He holds a 50 Ton Near Coastal Master's License with a Commercial Assistance Endorsement. Though, he may be our youngest staff captain, what he lacks in age he makes up for in experience. Capt. Westall grew up sailing and power boating on Narragansett Bay and the surrounding area. On top of his duties as a captain, he also serves as a senior dispatcher in our emergency response center and assists with fleet maintenance in the off season.
Emily LeBlanc, Customer Support Supervisor
Emily Leblanc is the Customer Support Supervisor at Safe/Sea. She is responsible for the daily supervision of the Customer Support Specialists, as well as membership fulfillment, Emergency Response Center watchstanding, company-related social media, and general customer support.