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Captain Roger C. Dutton

Professional Experience

Marine Consultant – Founder, Offshore Rig Movers, LLC et al. Jack–up and Semi-Submersible rig moves, operations, start-ups new construction, shipyard re-fits, barge surveys, load outs, cargo surveys, loss surveying, and platform installations. (1997 – 2016). Areas: U.S. Gulf and East Coasts, South America, West Africa, S. East Asia, Russia, and Middle East. Client List available.

Tug Captain, Mate, 2nd Mate – Clearwater Marine Towing, Krause Towing, Vane Bunkering Co, Hvide Marine, Gimrock Maritime. Supervision and operation of single and twin screw tugs operating for Ship docking, Fuel Barge movement, Wire and Hawser Towing, Deep Sea. (1999 – 2000)

Shiphandling Instructor – Dutton’s Navigation Inc. Designer of simulator and instructor of twin – screw Vessel operation, towing practices, and drilling rig positioning techniques. Author of textbook “Introduction to Practical Rigmoving”. (1997 – present)

Marine Superintendent, Barge Engineer – Santa Fe Drilling Company. Responsible for all marine aspects of offshore drilling units including rig moves, ship modifications, cargo logistics, marine inspection, certification, stability calculations, safety programs, training, budget preparation, bid proposals, and personnel management. Shipyard experience in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Nigeria, Russia, and U.States encompassing new construction, system design / modification / refit , and hull repair. (1982 – 1997)

Business Experience

Founder, “Offshore Rig Movers International” – Marine Consultants

Owner and Principle Instructor of Ship handling and Jack-Up Rig Moving Training School, “Dutton’s Navigation Inc.” Kemah, TX. 1998 – Present

Owner / Operator of Dive Charter Business, Carolina Beach NC, 1985 Through 1987.

Computer Experience

AutoCAD through Release 14., Windows (through Vista), Excel (through Vers. 2000), Lotus Smartsuite, 123, AmiPro, Word, Dos through Vers. 6.1

Marine Licenses Held

Master, 1600 ton, Oceans, Unrestricted; Offshore Installation Manager, Unrestricted; 2nd Mate, Unlimited Tonnage, Oceans. GMDSS radio operator. Current STCW

Certificates Held

Fire Fighting, first aid, Safe Gulf, CPR, stability and trim (grain), advanced stability (afloat and bottom bearing), sea survival, helicopter crash survival, crude oil wash, inert gas systems, marine electronics, H2S gas & confined space entry, BOP (Well Control), Shipboard Management, Radar observer, Crane Operator, Scaffolding, Scuba.


Bachelor of Science, Marine Transportation (Nautical Science), United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. Area of Emphasis: Economics, Small boat operations, and towing.

Master Marine Surveyor, Navtech U.S. Surveyor Assn. Fort Myers, Fla.

Military Status

Honorable Discharge as Lieutenant, USNR DOB: 2-18-60