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, co-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.
Capt. Pete Andrews
Capt. Pete Andrews is Vice President, Co-Founder, and co-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 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. Phil LeBlanc
Capt. Phil LeBlanc is Vice President of Maritime Operations, co-owner of Safe/Sea. He also serves as a full-time Senior Staff Captain is responsible for day-to-day management, and operational oversight of the various divisions of Safe/Sea.
He is the National Facilitator for the BoatUS Towing Advisory Council and current Chairman of C-PORT Board of Directors, the national trade association of the Marine Assistance Industry. Capt. LeBlanc began his career with Safe/Sea in 1998 as a Staff Captain, and holds a 100 Ton Near Coastal Master’s License with a Commercial Assistance Endorsement.
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 began with Safe/Sea in 2002, 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, Senior Staff Captain, and the primary captain of our Block Island Station. He is responsible for managing and organizing all of Safe/Sea marketing efforts. He began his career in the Marine Assistance Industry in 2000, and joined Safe/Sea in 2005. He holds a 50 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. 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 Office Manager, and 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 overall customer support.